Boys Over Flowers, Meteor Garden & Hana Yori Dango

Are there still any Meteor Garden (流星花園) fans out there? Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden was the first of its kind, creating waves across Asia. Originally a remake based on Japanese Manga Hana Yori Dango (花より男子), the style and feel of this drama was a fresh take that easily set itself apart.


Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers, best drama withdrawal syndrome, Lee Min Ho
2009 Boys Over Flowers (Korea)

Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers Japan, drama withdrawal syndrome
2005 Hana Yori Dango (Japan)

Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers, best Taiwanese drama, drama withdrawal syndrome, Jerry Yan Barbie Hsu
2001 Meteor Garden (Taiwan)

Meteor Garden and its subsequent adaptations are about a girl who is struggling to make ends meet. Through a chance encounter, she ends up attending a prestigious high school where a group of students from the richest and most powerful families of the country rule the school.

It's a typical story about a mean guy who eventually falls for the girl that he torments yet it is the characters and their good looks that make the story so appealing such that so many swoon over F4.

If I had to nitpick, well I think men should always be gentlemanly and frankly the Flower 4 and their lackeys are such bullies.

Also worth mentioning are the stories they setup for the supporting characters and the actors who portray them.


Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers, best drama withdrawal syndrome, Kim So EunMeteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers, best drama withdrawal syndrome, Kim Bum

Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers, best drama withdrawal syndrome, Rainie Yang

So many memorable scenes, if you want to reminisce: See here for a complete list of Top Korean Dramas and Korean Historical Dramas.

I was browsing through some websites until I came across Bull Fighting (Dou Niu Yao Bu Yao), a Taiwanese drama starring Mike He and Hebe Tian in 2008. It was such a good drama back then but I remember feeling a sense of deja vu that reminded me of Meteor Garden.


Bull Fighting, 2008 Hebe Tien and Mike He, Taiwanese best drama


The story begins with Yi Sheng Xue, a high school girl, who is an avid basketball fan. She meets high school basketball star Shen Ruo He whose group of friends are good-looking, sporty, adept at fighting and of course well-to-do. The started out at odds with each other but eventually fall in love. It's something I'd seen before but maybe because I have seen it in the past and it worked, which is why I ended up liking it just the same.

If I were to recommend other similar dramas, you can also try other Asian dramas remade from manga.




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