As reported on Variety, a number of Korean producer sources reportedly revealed that their Chinese counterparts have received notices from the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) that stated any Sino-Korean production that involves Korean stars will not be approved.
China reportedly has added another ‘don’t’ to its showbiz’s ‘dos and don’ts’, and that is to no longer produce a collaborative project with South Korea.
It was also reported that Korean stars will not be allowed in any Chinese film and series.
While some believed that the new decision has something to do with South Korea agreeing to the deployment of the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, others believed that it was just a simple solution to the recent overflow of Korean shows and films into China.
In addition to Chinese productions making a Chinese version of Korean variety shows such as “Running Man” and “Infinite Challenge”, they have also been actively remaking Korean films and dramas. Some of these corporations have also bought a large number of shares in Korean entertainment companies.
This isn’t the first time China policed its show business. Earlier this year, it called for a ban on children from appearing in shows and TV ads, causing the end of various shows.
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