Meteor Garden

Meteor Garden (2001)

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Shan Cai, whose parents are far from wealthy, attends Ying De University, the private school established exclusively for rich students. Besides being looked down by rich classmates, she has angered the leader of F4, Dao Ming Si. F4 comprises of Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo, who are the heirs to the four richest families. Their families are the founder of the school and nobody dares to read morecross them. Shan Cai isn't afraid to stand up to DMS, an act that nobody has done before, and sparks Dao Ming Si's interest in her. However, his constant torture of her has made her miserable while she falls in love with the gentle Hua Ze Lei, who comes to her rescue. Can Dao Ming Si win her love despite his cold and cruel exterior? What happens when his mother decides to use every trick there is to keep them apart? Can they adjust to each other's differences due to their vastly incompatible social status?


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Apr 30, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
You are probably asking yourself how I came up with an overall 7 after ranking all the rest so low.

Fact is, for once I've decided to write a review which is very personal and not at all objective. It's based upon the emotions it gave me, not the cinematographic quality of the drama.

Also, I think it's necessary to say that among the 3 versions of the read more same story, this was the last I watched, despite its being the first live-action based on the popular manga.

And while I consider the Japanese version the best one regarding acting and music and the Korean one better in terms of photography, colours and characterization, I'm ready to face criticism and admit that the Taiwanese version was the most satisfying to me on a romantic level.

The chemistry between Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si is what makes this into a worth watching show. For the first time, I was not rooting for the heroine to end up with the second lead, but for the main couple to finally be together. While watching hana Yori Dango and Boys Before Flowers I found myself constantly thinking: throw that arrogant brat away and choose Rui, or Ji Hoo!

You are allowed to laugh.

I ascribe this to the actors and the way their interactions were portrayed.

While Shan Cai can be annoying at times, she is a consistent character and once she finally realizes who she loves - it takes her some time - she is truly convincing. The same can be said about Dao Ming Si, whose candour as a besotted lover is quite endearing.

Therefore, although I recognize this show is pretty cheap when it comes to costumes, screenshots, photography and overall acting, I still have a fond memory of it and will probably rewatch it in the future.
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Jul 9, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Out of the 3 versions of this story, again this was the last one that I got around to watching. The japanese version being my first, will always be my favorite because it's the one that hooked me onto the series to begin with (as well as Arashi / MatsuJun (: ). The Korean version I watched after I read the manga, and although I thought it was a good series by read more itself, I felt it drifted far off from the manga, and even the main characters seemed to be separate characters. After watching Meteor Garden, I would say I liked this one better than the Korean version.

In the earlier episodes I felt MG did a terrific job on basing it off of the manga. It's expected that there has to be some variation, but most of it, I felt, was right on. As the show progressed, MG started to develop into it's own story. Not to say that it drifted far off, but events were done differently. Through it all, I felt the actors did a good job as the characters. Dao Ming Si's character acted like the original Domyouji, with minor differences. Shan Cai's character was bull headed like the original Tsukushi, hiding her own true feelings even from herself. The rest of F4 was portrayed well.

When I first started watching this show and saw F4 I wasn't sure how I was going to like them. Dao Ming Si and Hua Ze Lei fit Domyouji and Rui well, but I wasn't sure about the other 2. Mei Zuo as Mimasaka even fit, but Xing Men took me a while to get used to. As Nishikado, he looked different. But at the end I found myself liking him as his character. True I liked the japanese F4 better, and even Kim Bum as Nishikado better, but for the Taiwan version he played his part well.

They only had 2 songs in this drama, the opening and the ending. The opening song "Qing Fei Te Yi" (Can't Help Falling In Love With You) they played throughout the drama. It might just be me, but the song didn't get on my nerves.

For a drama that came out in 2OO1, I thought it was really good. You have to keep in mind while watching it that it came out 1O years ago, so of course fashion and technology is going to be different. The cell phones aren't as advanced as they are now. The filming for the show isn't as high quality as it is for new shows. That aside, I think it's a show worth watching. I really think that if I hadn't of seen the Japanese and Korean version I would've liked this drama a lot more. Because this was the last one that I watched, and I'd already read the manga, I found a lot of it predictable. The ending I felt was cute. I'm not sure if I'll watch the 2nd season yet, I'm still debating.

Ohh another thing I liked about this drama was how it included characters such as QingHe (Kazuya in the manga) who were eliminated in the other dramas.
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- rich male m/c and poor female m/c
-male m/c falls in love first
-school setting
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- Same bossy and protective male lead
- Same start as enemies, wherein girl 'attacked' the male first

- but female in meteor garden is a tough bug
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    AshMendy Jul 27, 2017 - edited

    The one that started it all! Wouldn't be addicted to asian dramas right now without this :)

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      Kanga 12 days ago

      Yup... It was my first too..

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    MagnusFaith Jun 20, 2017

    only 90's asian kids knows this show!!! lol

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    Zig Jun 2, 2017

    Everyone's beginning point of their asian drama journey!

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      Feli Apr 16, 2017

      Good golly miss molly! Let's hope they don't mess it up like they did with It Started With A Kiss!

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    DoYouLikeMessi Apr 9, 2017 - edited

    This is -- and forever will be -- the #1 drama for me and will eternally hold a special spot in my heart.
    It played a big part in my high school life and everyone who knew me back then would remember me as the "crazy F4 girl". haha.

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    Kikka Jan 13, 2017
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    Kikka Jan 1, 2017 - edited
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    Kimberly Nov 6, 2016

    I like this one better than other adaption btw this drama is the original and I like it and I have a mixed feelings about this drama and I like it

    I will rate this 100/10 lol cuz one of my fav dramas all time

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    Maryama Oct 4, 2016

    this version is no where as good as the japanese and korean versions, i gave it 6, because it really made my blood boil, i thought the sequel will compensate for this mess, but i was so shocked as to how the plot changed and everything just got 10000 times more complicated, the sequel is not even a sequel, it's a story of its own, it's a different drama!! anyway, this is just disappointing for BOF fans...

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    HyeKyo_Joongki May 30, 2016

    I Love this drama Still watching it now in 2016 i'm just 1 years old when it was aired and i watch in when i was 5 years old and suddenly when in my instagram account barbie shu posted her picture a throwback picture when she was shan cai way back in 2001 I Suddenly remember the f4 then i started to watch it especially now i am a high school girl i love how their chemistrys are still on even if many years pass by....And people still love and remembers it...when they watch it they will remember their youth days especially high school days

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    desertbanshee Jan 29, 2016 - edited

    The female lead's behavior and choices are just too puzzling for me, even for all the guy's supposed transgressions

    kind-of spoiler coming up - - - how can someone hear heartfelt honesty then go running off with the guy who just lied to you about modeling pictures?!

    If you watch it prepare for some head-scratching illogic.

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    irish Jan 5, 2016

    catzfin3st , i can't find your comments/review.

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    irish Nov 22, 2015 - edited

    Not as good as the japanese version, but preferred it to the korean one.
    This is the first time, I found male the lead sympathetic, and was happy for them to get together. In the korean, and japanese version, i wondered why she would have anything to do with such a jerk. Of course he's a jerk here, and sometimes he's more of a jerk than in the japanese or korean versions.But overall he is more likeable.
    I also found one of aspect of the bullying inflicted on Shancai or shan cai quite funny. It's when her hands/arms get stuck to the desk.
    One of my favourite scenes is when QingHe is talking 9 to the dozen to XiaoYou and she just walks off. I guess she just had enough of listening to him.
    So how does the cast compare to the cast of the japanese and korean versions.
    female lead

    male lead

    second male lead

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      desertbanshee Jan 29, 2016 - edited

      I agree with you about him being the more sympathetic character. You know, her spunk was cute for awhile, but as it goes on the female lead is really hypocritical; she sure didn't mind running to him when she wanted to help for her parents, afterwards, she just still wouldn't give the guy any quarter at all, even an act of friendship.. She was mean, rude, always shouting at him - he wouldn't have acted so reckless if she would've give him a little confidence in their relationship. I hope I can make it through to the end, I find her extremely b i t c h y and am way more sympathetic to the male lead.

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      irish Jan 30, 2016

      it's a while since I saw it. The dates of my reviews are not necessarily, the dates I saw the stuff. It could have been years before. So I can't really make any valid comments to what you say.

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    Hurt_mp3 Sep 23, 2015

    my childhood!!

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    jagasthesecond Sep 17, 2015

    dragging. but i thank this show for making asian drama popular in the Philippines!


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    Apr 12, 2001 to Aug 16, 2001
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