Chi­nese au­di­ences slam drama re­make for vi­o­lat­ing so­cial­ist values

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

The re­make of the hit drama Me­teor Gar­den, which will be shown ex­clu­sively on Net­flix on Fri­day, is get­ting widely crit­i­cized in China for not fit­ting into so­cial­ist core values.

Net­flix showed the drama’s of­fi­cial trailer on Tues­day. The first six episodes of the se­ries will be avail­able on Fri­day and six new episodes will be re­leased ev­ery Fri­day there­after.

The orig­i­nal se­ries was pro­duced in 2001 and since its re­lease has made waves in China, it has been dubbed the “fore­run­ner of idol dra­mas” in China.

The se­ries was adapted from the Ja­panese manga se­ries Boys Over Flow­ers and cen­ters on Shan­cai, a poor girl who goes to a uni­ver­sity for rich stu­dents, where she en­coun­ters a group of four rich and ar­ro­gant stu­dents – known as F4 – and falls in love with Daom­ing Si, one of the four.

Angie Chai, who pro­duced the orig­i­nal se­ries, said that the se­ries, which was aired in 17 coun­tries and re­gions in 2001, has made waves in Asia.

The re­make of the se­ries, in­clud­ing new plot­lines, is ex­pected to at­tract au­di­ences of all ages who will en­joy the clas­sic school love story, Chai said, the Taipei-based China Times re­ported.

Chai added that with Net­flix’s help, the se­ries is ex­pected to be avail­able in over 190 coun­tries, a new record for Chi­nese idol dra­mas.

How­ever, the re­make has failed to win Chi­nese au­di­ences.

Many Chi­nese claimed that sev­eral plots that de­pict beat­ing teach­ers, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, money wor­ship, dis­re­spect to women and school bul­ly­ing se­ri­ously vi­o­late Chi­nese “so­cial­ist core values.”

In one episode, Daom­ing Si threw food at Shan­cai ’s face be­cause she cursed him. In other episodes, the F4 forces stu­dents to eat 100 steamed buns, half squat in wa­ter and eat a pair of slip­pers as pun­ish­ment in a game.

Some ne­ti­zens even said that Net­fix bought China’s “lousy drama” on pur­pose so that it will leave a bi­ased im­pres­sion on Euro­pean au­di­ences.

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