After spouting many successful adaptations from the 2001 Taiwanese drama to the more recent Korean Drama Boys Over Flowers, Meteor Garden 流星花园 is a 50-episode Chinese drama based on the manga Hana Yori Dango. Given its popularity, it’s a show that really needs no introduction as it follows the typical poor girl meets rich guy romance in the setting of an ultra exclusive school.
Its cast of newcomers led by Shen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Connor Leung and Caesar Wu has been creating buzz from the day they were introduced as they’ve done magazine shoots and product endorsements, not to mention numerous promos for the drama itself. Filming has been ongoing for three months and despite it being the umpteenth retelling of the same story, I’m so onboard for another ride.
A lot of attention usually goes to the handsome hunks playing F4 for obvious reasons though I’m really liking Shen Yue as the plucky heroine and convinced that she would shine as Shan Cai, maybe even better than her predecessors who have tackled the same role. We get a glimpse of one scene where she’s crying and she seems pretty darn expressive. See trailer here.
Release Date: July 9, 2018 Hunan TV, Mango TV (two episodes every Monday to Wednesday at 10pm)
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