Oh dang, clearly being super famous and critically acclaimed isn’t enough to gain a reprieve or special dispensation from the ongoing Chinese ban on Hallyu. Upcoming Chinese thriller movie Sheer Cliff was set to start filming starring Zhang Zi Yi paired with K-actor Ha Jung Woo and now the movie is a no go. At least a no go for now unless and until Zhang Zi Yi recasts her male lead, or films the movie entirely outside of China which will be hard to do since the movie is about the search for a Qin dynasty mask with immortal grass. Both Zhang Zi Yi and Ha Jung Woo are movie star top dogs in their own countries and wield quite a lot of clout but that’s not enough for Ha Jung Woo to overcome the ban as his agency stated that Ha Jung Woo was denied a travel and work visa by the Chinese government this week and cannot go to China to film the movie. Double bummer all around.
It’s not just Ha Jung Woo not getting a filming visa, K-variety travel show Journey to the West which is filmed in China concluded its recent season with a note to viewers that the next season will not be filmed in China and will instead feature a new locale. Hopefully it’s also to the West of Korea otherwise even the title of the show will need to be revised.