Upcoming Chinese Program Beloved Inn Reported to Be Copycat of Popular Korean Reality Show Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast

I really think the Chinese audience would be as turned off by the wholesale idea copying of popular K-ent variety shows if they knew the backstory of where the current popular C-versions are from. The Rap of China is the most prominent show under scrutiny for the straight up copying in format and concept of Show Me the Money, and it’s popularity doesn’t validate the plagiarism but the likelihood is that most viewers watching don’t know about the copying aspects and just like the show because who wouldn’t since it’s based off a popular K-version that’s already paved the way for the successful format.

Another hit C-show Chinese Restaurant has been alleged to have copied Youn’s Restaurant, and now it’s followup show taking over in October called Beloved Inn has a synopsis exactly like currently airing hit show Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast. It’s about running a local inn by a couple that tests their love and commitment in living a simple life, and also showcasing the culture of the local area. Sigh, I hope the SARFT ban is lifted because it’s so easy to criticize the mainland productions for such unethical idea stealing without attribution and even worse monetary payment, but it frustrates to see it lead to wholesale demonizing of the culture and people of China since many also hate seeing this happen.


Upcoming Chinese Program Beloved Inn Reported to Be Copycat of Popular Korean Reality Show Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast — 19 Comments

  1. Huahhahahaha… Okay okay. Then someone will come here and claim there’s no plagiarism, just the same story, idea, etc…

    I grew up with Hk shows and C shows, sooo… Why now seems like everything is just so ‘wannabe’? Sigh. I like hyori’s bed and breakfast so i wonder about china’s version? Which diva gonna make it?

  2. You should take a look at the Turkish version of that Korean travel show where 3 older entertainment personalities visit another country with a younger entertainment personality. The original is a nice and funny show, nicely directed and with a lot of emotion. The Turkish version is TV horror, badly directed with a horrible cast whose credentials are suspect (except one) since probably really serious artists stayed away.

    And I think they paid Koreans for the format.

    China has a lot of talent and creativity so I don’t think they need to copy other countries’ formats but if they do, they need to pay no?

  3. I really hope they credit and pay the original creators. PD Na has said something very good with regards to their work, and the Chinese netizens have shown great support.

  4. This isn’t looking so pretty. What was the point of banning all thing Korean from china if it seems like they’re just going to copy off of hit shows without giving credit? It’s just going to end up making China look worse than it already does.

  5. China should ban plagiarizing instead of Korean content. China knows that the Korean shows would yield lucrative profits and popularity YET they don’t want to pay for the copyrights, so they’re just blatantly stealing because again, what can Korea do? Nothing. I’m not familiar with China’s legal system but is there no one enforcing the law on these plagarizers? For example, when someone is accused of plagiarizing, the Korean artists usually stop promoting and wait for clearance? But then, if China did, we wouldn’t have a drama adaptation and now movie of Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. :/

    Gosh, feel so sorry for the people who worked hard for their ideas.

  6. As long as they pay for the copyrights and credit the original content creators, it should be fine to adapt shows to the Chinese audience. This would be so unfair if the Chinese just copied ideas and never credited the original creators. And Korea can’t do a thing because a giant neighbor and their population and consumer power alone will make a tiny country (which has a truce with its other unstable neighbor, lowkey supported by China) stay still on matters like these. It’s not like they will gain anything if they chose to sue big Chinese productions.

  7. Let us be fair in our critique. Hollywood has lead the industry for years. Many, many foreign students cross the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean(s) to attend film schools in the US. It is not unusual to view a Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indian, Pakistan drama and not think or acknowledge the plot was taken from a play, movie, tv production in the US. This is not new and Korea does not have an exclusive monopoly on drama production. And yes, writers in the US also copy other countries films, dramas, etc. This “copying” extends across the arts…Many of the dance moves “idols” are using now are copied from Michael Jackson, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, etc. Please, be fair.

    • I think you have misunderstood the article, this is not about drama/movies but variety shows and the C-netz acknowledge they have copied without paying copyright fees.

      • My response remains the same. Korea has copied variety shows, tv programs/other entertainment in addition to other items. Apple accused Samsung of stealing iPhone and sued. Korea is not clean when it comes to copying.

      • “writers in the US also copy other countries films” Which ones are these and do we know that fees weren’t paid? (and two wrongs don’t make a right anyway) There is a difference between licensing a tv show to suit an American audience which the US is trying to do with The Good Doctor wherein they have paid the fees and just being inspired by something re: Michael Jackson’s dance moves. No one owns dance moves. The Chinese are taking very specific shows and the assumption is because of THAAD not paying licensing fees so that is flat out stealing. Yes, I agree about the technology; it is being stolen right and left and people are getting sued about it. Are the Korean producers going to have any luck suing the Chinese? Nope.

      • @lede39571, good point but at least if you disagree with IT copyright stuff, consumers can choose not to buy them. However, blatant copying of a variety show from a country you have banned, making it free for audiences to watch, then earning mega money for it is very hypocritical. Isn’t it?

    • Yes but when others make an adaptation, they buy the rights and credit the original creator. The current examples are Good Wife and Criminal Minds, which were credited. People are complaining because China banned Korean entertainment but because it’s so popular there, the Chinese are desperate to cover that gap and maybe this is the reason why they’re plagiarizing so many popular formats. The thing is, if you’re going to ban something, don’t you dare copy that country’s entertainment ideas and then not buy the rights and not even credit them.

  8. The problem is that the Chinese public do not mind plagiarism in general. Many Chinese dramas/movies are blatant copies of other Chinese works and everybody knows about that. Yet this has never prevented the copies from becoming hits as long as they star pretty idols. Suing for copyright violation takes for ever and has not been generally successful, so writers just give up. For these particular Korean shows, the Chinese media has actually reported the alleged plagiarism and even quoted from the Korean producers. Netizen comments were mostly frank admissions of guilt and shame. But the programs (China Has Hiphop) still went ahead and scored big on ratings. Copyright awareness is not big in China.

    This piece of news was reported widely in Chinese media and netizens admitted

    • Another example is the beloved “Ten miles of Peach Blossoms.” Plagarized? Yes, but it still received a drama and film adaptions, wherein the drama did great and received a lot of love/ backlash.

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