Shin Hye-sun, left, and Kim Jung-hyun, lead actors in the TVN K-drama, Mr Queen, one of many shows based on Chinese novels. Photo: TVN
Shin Hye-sun, left, and Kim Jung-hyun, lead actors in the TVN K-drama, Mr Queen, one of many shows based on Chinese novels. Photo: TVN

Why K-dramas based on Chinese novels are a problem in Korea: Joseon Exorcist ended after two episodes following a viewer boycott while TVN’s Vincenzo and True Beauty face a ‘product placement’ furore

  • Some experts say dramas like Mr Queen and A Love So Beautiful show high quality storytelling while others suggest Chinese money drives programming choices
  • China contests the origin of Korean specialities hanbok and kimchi and opposes the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system

Shin Hye-sun, left, and Kim Jung-hyun, lead actors in the TVN K-drama, Mr Queen, one of many shows based on Chinese novels. Photo: TVN
Shin Hye-sun, left, and Kim Jung-hyun, lead actors in the TVN K-drama, Mr Queen, one of many shows based on Chinese novels. Photo: TVN
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