For over a decade, we cried with them, cried for them, fantasized about them, couldn’t get enough of them, and wished that we could marry them. Their portrayal of the prestigious F4 left an indelible mark in our consciousness. From the carefree days of our adolescence to the sophisticated times of our adulthood, the actors playing Meteor Garden’s F4 continue to have a special place in our hearts.
Undoubtedly, there will always be a comparison between the actors who portrayed Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men Yan, and Mei Zuo Feng in the 2001 and 2018 incarnations of Meteor Garden. Fans of the 2001 version will always maintain that the group of Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Zhu, and Vanness Wu have set the standard for all versions of F4 in their respective Meteor Garden incarnations. On the other hand, followers of the 2018 version state that the chemistry between Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Ceasar Wu, and Connor Leong as F4 makes the story more realistic.
Need to have a fix for them? Here are some of their dramas and films you can binge on Netflix.
“The Hospital” is a medical drama starring Jerry Yan, who played the role of Su Yihua. Originally released in 2006, the story is based on a novel of the same name. It revolves around a group of doctors working in a hospital-based in Taiwan that is connected with a national university. Each episode shows the viewers how they deal with their professional conflicts and personal relationships in and out of work.
“The Hospital” ran for 39 episodes. Hou Wenyong wrote the original novel, and Jerry sang the opening theme song of the show.
This 2016 crime action thriller film from Hong Kong was directed by David Lam and starred Louis Koo, Julian Cheung, and Vic Chou.
Playing the role of the lone assassin Song Ren Xin, the character is a far cry from the gentle Hua Ze Lei Vic portrayed in Meteor Garden (2001). But fear not, despite the far cry of Song Ren Xin from Hua Ze Lei, Vic never disappoints.
So, if you are keen on the idea of watching Vic, the action star, enjoy his awesome transformation in this 95-minute film.
If you do not mind watching Vaness Wu play a supporting role, feel free to add A Choo to your watchlist. This 101-minute fantasy film, released in 2020, narrates the story of Yi Zhi as he becomes a boxer in his quest to declare his love for his childhood friend, Xin Xin.
Adapted from the novel “Da Pen Ti” by Giddens Ko, A Choo is a refreshing departure from the usual superhero film trope.
Want to watch a more mature Vaness Wu in the lead? Then Autumn Concerto is the perfect drama for you.
Unlike the easy-going Mei Zuo, Vanness played the character of Ren Guang Xi, a spoiled law student bullying his way around other people. Like Dao Ming Si of Meteor Garden, he fell in love with a woman from a different background. The drama highlights the changes in their lives as they face challenges in their relationship.
First released in 2009, the Netflix version has 34 episodes.
The Princess Wei Young
Based on the novel “The Princess Wei Yang” by Qin Jian, this drama tells the story of a princess who survived the murder of her entire family by a greedy subordinate. Through twists and turns, she found her way back into the echelons of power and caught the eye of two royal princes.
Vaness played the role of Tuoba Yu or Prince Nan’an, a prince who only saw the princess as a pawn in his quest for power, only to eventually fall in love with her.
This drama ran for 45 minutes and had 54 episodes.
Love Between Fairy and Devil
Based on the novel “Cang Lan Jue” by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang, this fantasy drama stars Dylan Wang in the role of Dongfang Qing Cang of the Moon Tribe.
The story tells about how Dongfang became the emotionless monster, the devil he is; how he nearly destroyed the other realms in his lust for power, and how he was defeated and sealed for eternity. 30,000 years after his defeat, a low-ranking fairy accidentally freed Dongfang the demon and they were linked by the “One Heart Curse” she unwittingly casts on them.
He then protects her as he finds the cure for the curse, only to find himself falling in love with her during the process.
Catch Dylan in this 36-episode fantasy drama running at 45 minutes per episode. A 2-episode special was also released outside of Netflix.
The Rational Life
In this 35-episode drama, Dylan portrays the role of Qi Xiao, the assistant and love interest of the female lead Ruo Xin.
The series centers on a career woman in her 30s as she navigates her way around corporate China, office politics, the pressure to marry, selfish suitors, mentoring her juniors, and serving as a counselor to her best friend. It tells the audience that love can indeed come from the most unexpected of places and that love happens even after bad experiences.
We know this list is too short to satisfy your need to see more of your Meteor Garden F4 stars. However, we are happy to note that dramas and films of Ken Zhu, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, and Connor Leong can be found on other streaming sites. All we can do now is wait for Netflix to pick up their dramas and films, giving us the same delight we felt when watching the dramas in this list.
The same thing can be said for Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, and Dylan Wang. Their other films and dramas are available on other streaming platforms, so you won’t miss out on them.
But if you want to see the show that started the ball rolling, Meteor Garden (2018) is currently available on Netflix. As for Meteor Garden (2001), you can relive the roller coaster ride of emotions with our OG F4, Shancai, and Xiaoyou on other streaming sites.