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Then And Now: This Is The Life Of Your Favorite Meteor Garden Stars Now!


Then And Now: This Is The Life Of Your Favorite Meteor Garden Stars Now!

Meteor Garden is a 2001 Taiwanese drama starring Barbie Shu, Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu. It is based on Japanese shōjo manga series, Boys Over Flowers wrote by Yoko Kamio. The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Chinese Television System from 12 April 2001 to 16 August 2001. A supplementary mini-series, Meteor Rain was produced in April 2001 and the sequel Meteor Garden II was broadcast from 11 November 2002 to 25 December 2002.

The series is the first live-action television adaptation of the manga, followed by its sequel Meteor Garden II 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. After more than a decade, Meteor Garden will finally come back on television but this time, it’s not the old cast that will play the roles, but a new set of people were asked to do the newest version of Meteor Garden. The Taiwanese series first aired on ABS-CBN back in 2003 and later on returned in 2014 with its ratings, dominating the television rivalry in the Philippines.



A lot of people felt nostalgic the moment they saw again their childhood crushes back on television. But have you wondered what happened to the original casts of the first Meteor Garden? Well, we have here some updates about the lives of the cast of Meteor Garden:

Jerry Yan

He is the famous F4 leader Dao Ming Si, has released a number of albums and starred in a lot of drama series and movies. He is the only member of F4 who remains unmarried up to this day. After F4, Jerry Yan continued his solo career as an actor and even released a couple of record albums and also starred in a series of shows.





Vic Zhou

Zhou, who played the role of Lei or the “Quiet One” in Meteor Garden, had been with Hsu for three years until they broke up in 2008. Today, married to actress Reen Yu, he remains very active in movies. He started appearing in several Taiwanese dramas and back in 2013, he was named as the Best Actor at the Golden Bell Awards for his performance in ‘Home’ a TV series.





Van Ness Wu

Still an actor, Vaness Wu, boy-next-door Mei Zuo in the series, is now married to his long-time girlfriend Arissa Cheo who is a daughter of a wealthy Singaporean businessman. He continued appearing on television and is still releasing albums. He also has his own jewellery line known as 3.V.O.7. He is currently married to his long-time girlfriend Arissa Cheo.





Ken Chu

Meanwhile, Ken Chu, the playboy Xi Men in the iconic Taiwanese drama, has been successful in his solo career and had also released a cookbook. He is now married to actress Vivien Han Wenwen. After Meteor Garden, he claims that he’s now more mature when it comes to handling things and decision makings.





Barbie Hsu

Hsu, who played the role of brave girl Shan Cai, is now married to Chinese entrepreneur Wang Xiaofei and has two kids. She is still acting and performing, as well as endorsing brands. She constantly uses her social media account to update everyone about her life.





The new cast of Meteor Garden 2018 were officially revealed on stage at a press conference in Shanghai on November 9, 2017, attended by Asian film/media luminaries.


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Source: Youtube | ABS-CBN

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