Zheng Shuan as Makino Tsukushi/San Cai/Geum Jan Di
Yu Haoming as Domyoji Tsukasa/Dao Ming Si/Goo Jun Pyo
Zhang Han as Rui Hanazawa/Hua Ze Lei/Joo Ji Hoo
Zhu Zixiao as Sojirou Nishikado/Xi Men/So Yi Joong (which I think looks the best)
Wei Chen as Akira Mimasaka/Mei Zu/Sung Woo Bin
Amongst the main cast, only Yu Haoming and Wei Chen are popular in China as they are pop singers. The rest of the main cast are relatively newcomers.
There were reports that Korean netizens were protesting against this venture because apparently Boys over Flowers bought the franchise on the condition that no version of it will come out for two years.
But the Chinese PDs and big honchos are quick to claim that their story is different, and will take more on the “Meteor Garden” story. I’ve watched the Taiwan version and “Meteor Garden” is basically like BoF and HYD — only with horrible clothes, outdated long hairstyles (Jerry Yan’s pineapple hair will go down in history as the most confusing hair style evarrr) but with a lot of laughs.
Quoted from news:
“Due to the presence of violence in Meteor Garden, the Taiwanese version, China has banned the drama from airing in the country, thus, the Chinese version will lean towards an inspirational plot rather than the romantic idol drama format. But reports also said that the Chinese version is more like the Meteor Garden because it’ll be set up during the college years rather than in high school which is the set up for the Japanese version.”
Hmmm… maybe this will be another gambatte-you-can-do-it-fight-oh!! school story ala Gokusen except they’re all rich, bratty students with one poor girl at the center instead of a teacher?
Anyways, when we’re talking F4, we’re talking gold mines — in terms of extravagance, hot cars, clothes, swagger and all that bling. Remember HYD’s Harry Potter-like banquet when Makino got lost in Domyouji’s “castle”? Or that unforgettable Spain randezvous with Dao Ming Zi? Or Jun Pyo’s Las Vegas-like casiono/hotel in Macau and paradise island in New Caledonia? Well, the Chinese shooting locations promise to bring you the same feel of luxury, if not more. Geez wonder what they will come up with next!! A romantic trip outer space, maybe??
Here are photos of the locations they will be shooting in:
F4 leader’s mansion
Behind the scenes
Their uniforms are looking great! But I have to say, I like the concept of the F4 not wearing uniforms as opposed to the rest of the students — because it shows that they’re badass and they’re damn proud of it.
The new Kim Bum? Only in the F4’s world where their past times include horseback riding, long-range shooting, golfing and sailing on a private yacht. Hot dayuum.
China banned Taiwan’s Meteor Garden because it encouraged the youth to false views of luxury and delusions of that kind of lifestyle aside from violence. Violent scenes I understand but dramas are all about escapism and a slight interpretation of reality. Plus F4 wouldn’t be F4 if they’re not ideals, right?
In other news, it was reported that the dubbed BoF series racked in dismal ratings in Taiwan in its current run on TV. I guess that’s another case of love-your-own F4? Or maybe a lot of people have already seen the series online.
Korean BoF is undeniably the most fashionable and extravagant version to date
Ji Hoo’s (Hyun Joong wearing white) always looked the best. Idunno if you noticed but every “Rui” character always wears white. And has orange hair (except for Lei in MGarden). Kinda fits the prince-charming-to-the-rescue image eh? Jun Pyo the leader likes wearing dark grey and black suits with fur roadkills. Resident cutie Kim Bum likes layering but his heavy suits always make him look like a total businessman, whereas the least significant F4, the one who always says “Yo, yo, yo!” always looks gangsta. Or at least he tries to.
For a “poor” girl, Jan Di’s quite fashionable, defeating the purpose of her character which is supposed to be plain and ordinary.
Beyond appearances, BoF sucked at acting. There were overly dramatized and dragging scenes, and there seemed to be lack of chemistry between Jan Di and Jun Pyo. They were alone together in scenes for like, what, 5-7 times? Most of the time she’s either being rescued or moping around with Ji Hoo. Don’t get me wrong, BoF was enjoyable, but they forgot that the story is also supposed to be fun but with substance.
HYD, with its fast pace and anime-like humor, was able to carve a more exciting storytelling. Cute scenes were not overdone (unlike JanDi’s constant pouting and talking to herself), but before you say I’m biased (well maybe a little), HYD didn’t focus much on the other characters (which BoF gave ample screen time).
Meteor Garden was pure fun, really. The novelty of it all, even Jerry Yan’s tight-fitting pants and gayness and Vaness Wu’s bad acting are forgiveable. It was full of fail, but Dao Ming Zi’s and San Cai’s bickering catfights were more natural and funny. Not a fan of the second season, though.
CHINESE F4 we have yet to see, but I kinda pity them because right now netizens are judging them as a lower version of their beloved almost-perfect BoF. I’m sure they will act well, at least based from their profiles — as a lot of them went to prestigious acting schools. But seriously. Can you take the same plotline all over again?
POLL BATTLE RATTLE!! Okay, we all love all the Domyoujis, so let’s vote on which Rui character you like best!
Shy, quiet Hua Ze Lei?