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Chinese, Japanese, Korean 'Meteor Garden'
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Posted 1/20/09 , edited 1/20/09
In April 2001, Chinese-Taiwan version ‘Meteor Garden’ used ‘meteor’ speed to sweep through the whole of Asia. To this day, this ‘pretty boys’ cyclone has not stopped. First, Japan was unhappy that someone else had stolen the limelight from their own manga. Hence in 2005 and 2007, they too released their own ‘Hana Yori Dango’ and following closely afterwards, at the end of 2008, Korean version‘Boys Before Flowers’ has once again become the hottest topic.

Perhaps it is because 8 years ago, Chinese-Taiwan version ‘Meteor Garden’ left too many indelible memories on everyone, because even when the Japanese version was released many years later, it was still considered the most classic, the best. Today, after Japanese version ‘went through fire and water’, Korean version ‘Boys Before Flowers’ first group of fans have commented: “full Kimchi flavour.” Just like the netizens said, Chinese-Taiwan version is first love, Japanese version is most loved, so what is Korean version left with? The most difficult thing to forget in one’s life is their first love, even when you get your true love, you will think back to the innocent and pureness of first love.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Da S

In life, she is very brave; she will do whatever she wants to do. The bold and strong Da S is similar to her own personality, and immediately reveals Shan Cai’s tenacity. Majority of netizens commented that Da S gave a very natural performance.

Japanese version: Inoue Mao

With her girl-next-door image, Inoue Mao was mocked “only has 5 expressions.” Of course, Japanese version places great importance on detail, as beautiful Da S is constantly changing clothes, Japanese version Shan Cai basically only has one jacket and uniform to change back and forward. This is more in line with the image of a poverty-stricken girl.

Korean version: Koo Hye Sun


She has a petite figure, and pretty and cute image, however netizens thought that Koo Hye Sun’s image looked too old; has a strong taste of ‘mother’. The scary thing is, ‘mother’has to pretend to be ‘inexperienced’, if it’s not pouting her mouth to look innocent, then it’s widening her eyes to look surprised.

PK conclusion:

Being the star amongst the ‘pretty boys’, stubborn and strong, has the courage to accept challenges, love and hate, actually she doesn’t need Michelle Reis’s dignity, Ariel Lin’s cuteness or Zhang Zi Yi’s 小家碧玉*. In this sense, Da S version of Shan Cai has the most grass-root spirit out of the 3.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Jerry Yan

Apparantly, Jerry Yan does not like to smile because he doesn’t want people to describe him as ‘cute’. However, his inadvertent smile really gives off a ‘half naïve half mature’ feeling. Plus, with his classic line: “If an apology works, then why do we need police,” netizens insist ‘he is Dao Ming Si.”

Japanese version: Matsumoto Jun

As soon as Dao Ming Si appeared, netizens criticised him for being much shorter than the other 3. Hence Matsumoto Jun’s Japanese F4 was heavily criticised by the audience for looking too 'passer-by.'

Korean version: Lee Min Ho


We can see that the film crew put in a lot of effort to find someone who looks like Jerry Yan, indeed looks very alike. But how come Dao Ming Si’s hair has become a buddha head?

PK conclusion:

One side of him is the cold, self-centred leader of F4, the other side is the shy little boy who has a warm smile whenever he thinks of Shan Cai; the strong contrast of Dao Ming Si really is the highlight of the whole drama. Handsome but self-centred, tall, childish, to encompass all these features, Chinese-Taiwan version Dao Ming Si obviously wins very easily.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Vic Zhou

Even with Vic’s rigid body and paralysis facial expression, it does not cover up his melancholy temperament, as if he’s walked straight out of a comic. Even until now, Zai Zai will forever be the Hua Ze Lei in many peoples’ hearts.

Japanese version: Oguri Shun


Compared to Vic Zhou, Oguri Shun gives a lot more affection and laziness to Hua Ze Lei’s character. With his golden-coloured hair, tall in height, and casual attitude, Hua Ze Lei’s features are displayed drippingly by Oguri Shun. However, it does seem similar to the character he plays in ‘Hana Kimi’.

Korean version: Kim Hyun-Jeong

Korean version ‘Hua Ze Lei’ is probably the most irresponsible to fans, out of the 3 versions. Besides his hollow expression from his eyes, he always looks straight ahead, and has no focus at all. Netizen’s comments are very straightforward: “If he wears glasses, he’s basically Bae Yong Joon.”

PK conclusion:

Pretty but expressionless face; eyes are often filled with fog; the longest sentence he says is: “I’m not interested in other people’s matters.” He likes to spend his whole day on the rooftop by himself.. towards this kind of character, that doesn’t seem to belong to this world, Vic Zhou and Oguri Shun are tied.

PK summary:

The Japanese version’s narrative style is significantly more in line with the original manga.

Credits : Sina (source). Sarah (translator) @ asianfanatics.net

so guys, what do you think?
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Dao MingSi's (Jerry Yan) Portrayed the Role very splendidly.... :))) And they'd filmed it with the best picture and it made the manga more good to watched on mini-series... Though, the Japanese version's kinda good as well...
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i agree with the article, meteor garden is a classic, and will never be forgotten, its our first love... Da S, Jerry, and Vic, theyre unbeatable!


i agree with the netizens comments..
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Are you kidding me. Do people really think the Taiwanese F4 looked rich? Anyway I agree with the last conclusion. Japanese is the best HYD.
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I only watched the chinese version
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Are you kidding me. Do people really think the Taiwanese F4 looked rich? Anyway I agree with the last conclusion. Japanese is the best HYD.




lolzzz... Everybody's entitled to have their own perspective and views as well ...

But the Taiwanese Actors Portrayed the role amazingly compared to the other versions...

Sort of it really followed most of the traits and personalities in the manga comics (or manhwa to be precised)

Try to read the manga comics... And you'll be able to know which of the asian's version bests....
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sasgrace wrote:

Are you kidding me. Do people really think the Taiwanese F4 looked rich? Anyway I agree with the last conclusion. Japanese is the best HYD.


u can't blame them at all. That one was made 8 years ago.That F4 looked rich at that moment. it's ridiculous if u compare them with other versions
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Dao MingSi's (Jerry Yan) Portrayed the Role very splendidly.... :))) And they'd filmed it with the best picture and it made the manga more good to watched on mini-series... Though, the Japanese version's kinda good as well...


yeah. Only him look cool with perm hair. Jun looked ok with that hairstyle. korean one is ewwwwwwww
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yeah! it's exacly same as my opinion
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Well very alrigh but for me actingwise the taiwanese F4 is one the worst :sweatingbullets:. Was there crisis in 2001? Taiwanese Rich people in 2001 wore so BAD outfits? Looked and act so cheap? Please stop with the "Time Argument" it doesn't work anymore. Dao Min Shi character drank Coke like if Domyoji would drink a commoner's drink . I admit the only thing they had was chemistry.
And please I read the manga and for instance HYD Japanese is the best ? Nothing more, nothing less.
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In April 2001, Chinese-Taiwan version ‘Meteor Garden’ used ‘meteor’ speed to sweep through the whole of Asia. To this day, this ‘pretty boys’ cyclone has not stopped. First, Japan was unhappy that someone else had stolen the limelight from their own manga. Hence in 2005 and 2007, they too released their own ‘Hana Yori Dango’ and following closely afterwards, at the end of 2008, Korean version‘Boys Before Flowers’ has once again become the hottest topic.

Perhaps it is because 8 years ago, Chinese-Taiwan version ‘Meteor Garden’ left too many indelible memories on everyone, because even when the Japanese version was released many years later, it was still considered the most classic, the best. Today, after Japanese version ‘went through fire and water’, Korean version ‘Boys Before Flowers’ first group of fans have commented: “full Kimchi flavour.” Just like the netizens said, Chinese-Taiwan version is first love, Japanese version is most loved, so what is Korean version left with? The most difficult thing to forget in one’s life is their first love, even when you get your true love, you will think back to the innocent and pureness of first love.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Da S

In life, she is very brave; she will do whatever she wants to do. The bold and strong Da S is similar to her own personality, and immediately reveals Shan Cai’s tenacity. Majority of netizens commented that Da S gave a very natural performance.

Japanese version: Inoue Mao

With her girl-next-door image, Inoue Mao was mocked “only has 5 expressions.” Of course, Japanese version places great importance on detail, as beautiful Da S is constantly changing clothes, Japanese version Shan Cai basically only has one jacket and uniform to change back and forward. This is more in line with the image of a poverty-stricken girl.

Korean version: Koo Hye Sun


She has a petite figure, and pretty and cute image, however netizens thought that Koo Hye Sun’s image looked too old; has a strong taste of ‘mother’. The scary thing is, ‘mother’has to pretend to be ‘inexperienced’, if it’s not pouting her mouth to look innocent, then it’s widening her eyes to look surprised.

PK conclusion:

Being the star amongst the ‘pretty boys’, stubborn and strong, has the courage to accept challenges, love and hate, actually she doesn’t need Michelle Reis’s dignity, Ariel Lin’s cuteness or Zhang Zi Yi’s 小家碧玉*. In this sense, Da S version of Shan Cai has the most grass-root spirit out of the 3.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Jerry Yan

Apparantly, Jerry Yan does not like to smile because he doesn’t want people to describe him as ‘cute’. However, his inadvertent smile really gives off a ‘half naïve half mature’ feeling. Plus, with his classic line: “If an apology works, then why do we need police,” netizens insist ‘he is Dao Ming Si.”

Japanese version: Matsumoto Jun

As soon as Dao Ming Si appeared, netizens criticised him for being much shorter than the other 3. Hence Matsumoto Jun’s Japanese F4 was heavily criticised by the audience for looking too 'passer-by.'

Korean version: Lee Min Ho


We can see that the film crew put in a lot of effort to find someone who looks like Jerry Yan, indeed looks very alike. But how come Dao Ming Si’s hair has become a buddha head?

PK conclusion:

One side of him is the cold, self-centred leader of F4, the other side is the shy little boy who has a warm smile whenever he thinks of Shan Cai; the strong contrast of Dao Ming Si really is the highlight of the whole drama. Handsome but self-centred, tall, childish, to encompass all these features, Chinese-Taiwan version Dao Ming Si obviously wins very easily.

Chinese-Taiwan version: Vic Zhou

Even with Vic’s rigid body and paralysis facial expression, it does not cover up his melancholy temperament, as if he’s walked straight out of a comic. Even until now, Zai Zai will forever be the Hua Ze Lei in many peoples’ hearts.

Japanese version: Oguri Shun


Compared to Vic Zhou, Oguri Shun gives a lot more affection and laziness to Hua Ze Lei’s character. With his golden-coloured hair, tall in height, and casual attitude, Hua Ze Lei’s features are displayed drippingly by Oguri Shun. However, it does seem similar to the character he plays in ‘Hana Kimi’.

Korean version: Kim Hyun-Jeong

Korean version ‘Hua Ze Lei’ is probably the most irresponsible to fans, out of the 3 versions. Besides his hollow expression from his eyes, he always looks straight ahead, and has no focus at all. Netizen’s comments are very straightforward: “If he wears glasses, he’s basically Bae Yong Joon.”

PK conclusion:

Pretty but expressionless face; eyes are often filled with fog; the longest sentence he says is: “I’m not interested in other people’s matters.” He likes to spend his whole day on the rooftop by himself.. towards this kind of character, that doesn’t seem to belong to this world, Vic Zhou and Oguri Shun are tied.

PK summary:

The Japanese version’s narrative style is significantly more in line with the original manga.

Credits : Sina (source). Sarah (translator) @ asianfanatics.net

so guys, what do you think?




Zai zai was indeed the BEST hua ze lei imo!!
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Agreed.... I like the Taiwanese version better... That's the first drama that I've ever seen... I can't blame those who just watched the Taiwanese one and didn't like it....
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Agreed.... I like the Taiwanese version better... That's the first drama that I've ever seen... I can't blame those who just watched the Taiwanese one and didn't like it....


I agree with you
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Well very alrigh but for me actingwise the taiwanese F4 is one the worst :sweatingbullets:. Was there crisis in 2001? Taiwanese Rich people in 2001 wore so BAD outfits? Looked and act so cheap? Please stop with the "Time Argument" it doesn't work anymore. Dao Min Shi character drank Coke like if Domyoji would drink a commoner's drink . I admit the only thing they had was chemistry.
And please I read the manga and for instance HYD Japanese is the best ? Nothing more, nothing less.


Coke was their sponsor that time, it was the time where Nokia 3310 was still a hot phone...

and Meteor Garden was experimental the producer didnt know it was going to be a hit, and their budget was too tight... and siince it became a hit, the other versions of course will make theirs more 'grander' in terms of production...
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Very. MG was the First Action HYD live . Alright, it doesn't mean anything for me.
First HYD is a Japanese manga (Got it?) and the japanese are culturally the best to pull off the story of their manga. Accept it or not this is my view.
Then, do you really think it's an experimental with more 20 episodes made? At least make their F4 more classy.
At last, Jdrama HYD has not only more "grander" in its production than MG, but the actors=great, in only 9 and 11 episodes, it was cleverly shooted with all the magical HYD's situations well put together (what is not the case of MG which dragged and dragged and Boys Off characterized Flowers which's ruining all the important scenes of HYD ).
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