- Genre: ROMANCE, Youth, School
- Date Released: 9 July 2018
- CDrama: 48 Episodes
- Remake of Taiwanese drama (2001) of the same title
- Shen Yue as Dong Shan cai
- Dylan Wang as Dao Ming Si
- Darren Chen as Hua Ze Lei
- Liang Jing Kang as Feng Mei Zuo
- Wu Xi Ze as Xi Men Yan
- Liu Yinhao as Chen Qinghe
- Dong Xin as Li Zhen
Many are already familiar with this drama as it has been remade by several countries over and over. It is based on a Japanese manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)
Meteor Garden 2018 is based on the Taiwanese version of the Hana Yori Dango
It is about a girl, who came from an ordinary family and now enrolled in a posh and prestigious school for the children of the rich and famous.
The school is ruled by four uber gorgeous boys, known as the F4. They reign in terror amongst the children of the rich. Anyone found lacking is given a red card, which means his/her life and happiness within the school are in jeopardy. The victim would then rather transfer to another school or bear with all the punishments until the F4 get bored and cease the tortures.
Shan Cai is a brave girl who went against the F4. Despite the red card, she stood her ground and gave Dao Ming Si a good kicking. Instead of giving her an even harsher time, he fell in love with her. 🙂 She was the first one who ever tried to put up a fight.
Hua Ze Lei actually was helping her in the background and she knew it. She had a bit of a crush on him.
Thus the drama developed into a love triangle.
I can’t wait for this new Shen Yue drama! Roll on 9 July 2018!
Four episodes are now on show but with no English sub/ huhuhu
Netflix got rights for this drama. They will start showing them on 13 July! Yey, can’t wait.
Meteor Garden 2018 (Chinese Drama)
The first six episodes subtitled in English are now available in Netflix. It is about 24-35 minutes each episode.
This is the second major drama for Shen Yue, who catapulted to stardom playing Shao Xi in A Love So Beautiful, which is also available to watch in Netflix.
I have to be honest, I am still bias towards ALSB. It is still the sweeter and cuter drama.
Shen Yu’s Shan Cai is really super annoying and excruciatingly embarrassing most of the time, I am yet to warm towards her.
I came to this drama, unsure of Dylan Wang, having seen a behind the scene’s video of him being too boisterous to Shen Yue with her hoodie.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised! Dylan Wang is the best actor of them all. He was able to project a spectrum of emotion. He is vulnerable, snarky, immature, kind, jealous and proud. He is certainly an actor to watch.
As to Shen Yue, I am not sure what happened but she’s only produced half of the charm she had in ALSB.
This version is more true to life. The F4 are gorgeous, tall, rich young men, who excel in their field. They are more spoiled rather than out and out evil. They are more ‘ordinary’ that the other versions. Probably I was spoiled by the Korean and Japanese version.
Shan Cai’s mother is a very good cook. She makes a living from her homecooking and delivery.
Shai Cai wanted to help her mother build her business up. So she enrolled in the Nutrition Department of the best and most exclusive university in ‘China’ called Ming De University.
There she had a reunion with her former schoolmates. Chen Qinghe is her childhood best friend. while Li Zhen was a high school acquaintance. They decided there and then that they will be best friends in college.
During orientation, a famous man called Mr Bobbit came to speak to the students. Shan Cai and the rest of the attendees were in ecstasy in the presence of this famous American man.
After the talk, just outside the auditorium, still excited with their good fortune of listening to Mr Bobbit, another ecstasy inducing event happened, the F4 came sauntering into the school, much to the delirium of the girls. In the chaos, Shan Cai’s phone was nudged out of her hand into the ground. Crawling into the floor in between commotion of legs running towards the F4, Shan Cai tried to reach for her phone. She was inches away towards it when a green crocodile shoe stepped on it causing it to break.
Shan Cai was so annoyed, she run after the owner of the shoe. She saw him in a huddled crowd. Without much thought she grabbed the man in the middle, which happened to be Mr Bobbit. She was quickly restrained by the bodyguards.
Shan Cai was persona non grata for assaulting such an important man. She was being gossiped about for her misdemeanour.
To get rid of her stress, she went on top of the building and vent her frustration by shouting her lungs out. She was told off by a man seating nearby of the racket she was making. He happened to be one of the F4. He was Ze Lei.
During many instances, she kept meeting Ze Lei, who was rather kind to her unlike the leader of F4, Daoming Si.
Si seemed to delight in torturing her. Shan Cai can’t take it anymore so she gave him a flying kick straight on his handsome face.
Si was not annoyed, he actually developed a grain of respect towards her, which quickly developed into tenderness. So much so that he told her that he wanted her to be his girlfriend. He listed all the pros of becoming his girlfriend, but Shan Cai was not interested as she was already half in love with the gorgeous and musical Ze Lei, despite him having a girlfriend already.
Yuan Zi, the girlfriend, was very friendly towards Shan Cai. She includes Shan Cai’s to all her parties.
But hormones has taken over Shan Cai’s brain. The friendship from the girlfriend was immaterial. Out with sisterhood!!! Shan Cai was determined to pursue Ze Lei, which was noticed by Si. This created a gulf between Ze Lei and Si’s friendship.
Si tried many things, which he does not usually do, to entice Shan Cai away from Ze Lei but it is becoming a losing battle.
Ze Lei had gone to Paris to be with Yuan Zi, who had decided to become a lawyer with a charitable institution, Without Borders. She also willingly cut herself off from inheriting her family fortune. Really nice girl, hear that Shan Cai!!!
Shan Cai misses Ze Lei so much that when out clubbing one evening with a secretly vengeful friend, Li Zhen, she became inordinately inebriated. With drunken hazy sight, she sat down next to a foreigner, who was playing the piano. She was imagining that he was Ze Lei.
She woke up the next morning in a strange bed, with a note from Thomas, the foreigner, saying that he enjoyed himself.