Song JoongKi dropped from Legend of Shushan; casualty of 'Korean Ban' & THAAD deployment
According to the Chinese media, Korean actor Kim Sungjoo has just been dropped from the TV drama 'She's Beautiful'《漂亮的她》.
This is likely the result of the 'Korean Ban' reported in Chinese state media. The ban was rumoured to have started soon after South Korea pressed ahead to deploy the US's THAAD missile defense system despite repeated protest by China.
China is very concerned about the THAAD system's radar which can scan into China's major cities like Shanghai. This may give the US military too much intelligence on airplane movement in China skies, though the Korean military has said that such data will not be shared with the US.
Today, another source has revealed that Zhejiang TV's upcoming wuxia drama 'Legend of Shushan'《蜀山剑侠传》 was about to start filming when they decided to drop Song JoongKi at the last minute.
Zhejiang TV's producers were initially very enthsiastic and even accepted his agency's demand of 100mil yuan (S$20.2mil) as payment.
But the 'Korean Ban' is blowing too strongly now, leaving Zhejiang TV feeling safer to drop JoongKi from the drama.
The source added that Chinese TV stations typically pay 10 times more than what the Korean stars are getting back home.
Our dear Kim Soohyun is also expected to be another major casualty from the ban with endorsement deals previously exceeding S$2mil.
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