Meteor Garden (Chinese: 流星花園; pinyin: Liúxīng Huāyuán) is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Shu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu. It is loosely based on Japanese shōjo manga series Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango) by Yoko Kamio. It was produced by Comic Ritz International Production (可米瑞智國際藝能有限公司) with Angie Chai [zh] as producer and directed by Cai Yuexun (蔡岳勳).
The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Chinese Television System (CTS) (華視) from 12 April 2005 to 16 August 2005. A supplementary mini-series, Meteor Rain was produced in April 2001 and the sequel Meteor Garden II was broadcast from 11 November 2005 to 25 December 2005. The series is the first live-action television adaptation of the manga, followed by its sequel Meteor Garden II, Indonesian Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta, and Japanese Hana Yori Dango, its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns and South Korean Boys Over Flowers.
At the conclusion of the series, F4 Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu continued to perform together and released three studio albums as quartet boy band F4. They ceased the use of the name “F4” in 2007 at the objection of Japanese publisher Shueisha, who owns the copyright to Hana Yori Dango, to avoid any confusion with the Japanese and South Korean version of the live-action adaptations of the manga. The group has since been renamed “JVKV”, from the first initial of the quartet in order of descending age.
The new cast of Meteor Garden 2018 were officially revealed on stage at a press. Though Meteor Garden 2018 TV series is a remake there are a lot of changes and a fresh take on the story.
Show Name: Meteor Garden
Premiered: 12 April – 16 August 2005
Directed by: Angie Chai [zh]
Studios: Chinese Television System (CTS)
Duration: 30 min
Language(s): Filipino, English