Chinese drama apologizes after accused of plagiarizing poster for Japanese TV series “Legal High”
New online Chinese thriller series apologized on Sunday for similarities between the show’s promotional posters and those for the 2012 Japanese drama High legal and promised to remove all posters online. The apology comes after netizens accused the show of plagiarizing Japanese posters.
The resemblance “was unintentional, but there are both creative and typographical similarities, so we still bear primary responsibility for that,” the drama’s apology said. Who is the murderer, produced by the Chinese online streaming platform iQiyi.
The first episode of Who is the murderer debuted on iQiyi on Sunday night. It tells the story of an investigation into a 16-year-old serial murder case in a small town in southern China that resumes after new information is uncovered.
Posters for the drama released online earlier feature the two main characters, in one of which one character’s finger covers the other’s lips in a “shut up” gesture.
Numerous High legal Fans noticed a similarity between the recently released poster and a poster for the 2012 Japanese drama, which also has its two lead characters in similar poses, and accused the Chinese series of “copying” the Japanese poster. Other netizens noted that the other posters also bore a striking resemblance to the other promotional posters for High legal.
Despite the apologies, Sina Weibo netizens seemed unwilling to forgive the show.
“I don’t see the point in copying the posters. It’s embarrassing for the show to do that. Just stop the parody,” read a comment on an article comparing the posters of the two series.
Some insiders say they suspect the similarities between the posters may be part of an “intentional” plan to stoke the drama and bring more attention to the show.
“Anyone can tell from typography to design that this is a copy case. But one possibility that cannot be ruled out is that they are doing it on purpose to get more attention to this show and then apologized right after, “Entertainment said. an insider named Meng told the Global Times on Monday.
This is not the first time that a recent online variety or drama show has been accused of copying work from other countries, particularly South Korea and Japan.
In October, Chinese streaming platform Youku came under fire for copying Netflix’s hit show Squid Game after announcing a new variety show called Squid’s Victory. Much like the Netflix drama, the show will focus on people competing in different children’s games. Even the show’s posters feature elements, such as red rectangles and round shapes, similar to those in the South Korean drama.
More and more insiders are warning that the Chinese entertainment industry urgently needs to embrace more original content to gain genuine popularity around the world rather than constantly copying popular ideas from abroad.
“It’s very easy to copy existing IPs on the market, but it won’t last long. It’s just like that you can never plagiarize someone else and then show it to them. Staying original is the first step. to go abroad, “a film and drama critic dubbed Shi told the Global Times on Monday.