In a strange clarification by Chinese producer Li Shao Hong who has been getting lots of media attention for supposedly producing the Chinese drama version of the Korean hit drama Heirs, the drama started filming last week and it turns out NOT to be an adaptation of K-Heirs at all. Li Shao Hong finally put an end to the speculation by revealing the C-drama called Billion Dollar Heir (亿万继承人) is a completely different story than the drama starring Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye. It doesn’t even share the bare bones synopsis of high school or a bunch of Heirs. Does that mean we should let out a sigh of relief or scratch our heads that Li Shao Hong let the rumors go for so long that she was making the C-version of Heirs. I still think her drama will end up being call C-Heirs as a way to easily reference it because of its title, and that may be the brilliance of Li Shao Hong to let the rumors fly and drum up curiosity about her drama which isn’t beholden to the clunky K-version and has its own story and universe. The SARFT filming permit application was submitted for C-Heirs in June of 2013 before K-Heirs even aired lending credence to Li Shao Hong’s claim that her version is not a remake of the Korean one. I’ve translated the plot outline below that was submitted to SARFT and trust me when I say it bears zero resemblance to K-Heirs other than the male lead is the Heir to a whole lotta cash and seems to be quite emo with mommy issues. Super Junior member Choi Si Won will play one of the two male leads while the other role goes to Li Shao Hong protege Yu Xiao Tong. Si Won’s character is described as the hidden heir grandson who ends up in an inheritance battle. The drama is a two male lead-two female lead structure so it’s not correct to say Choi Si Won is headlining the drama. With that said, he’ll probably end up having more screen time since he’s a better known star internationally. Si Won was spotted on set already in Bei Hai, Guangxi province in China, and the other male lead Yu Xiao Tong snapped a hanging out picture with one of the female leads Kan Qing Zi also from the set.
Plot outline for Billion Dollar Heir:
Lu Zi Hao is the son of Da Zi Development Corporation President Lu Da Di and the heir to a family fortune of tens of billions. To outsiders he was born with a silver spoon but he sees himself as the orphan of happiness. His father’s desertion of his mother cast a huge shadow on him causing him to become a profligate playboy. His father’s sudden death leaves behind billions in inheritance and three strange letters. It pushes Lu Zi Hao to the crossroads of his life – the depths of the ocean, the burning fires, the tops of the mountains, the bottom of the abyss, where does Lu Zi Hao’s path lie? Thank goodness he meets the angel in his life Leng Mei, whose boyfriend ends up dying in a mountain rescue of Lu Zi Hao who is stranded there. Initially Leng Mei is filled with anger and ill-will towards Lu Zi Hao but gradually fate brings her into the world of the brash and arrogant second generation heirs. It allows Lu Zi Hao to transform into a brave, resilient, and upstanding real man.
I’m not sure if I’m relieved or disappointed.
Definitely a sigh of relief! The Korean Heirs was simply not good. Remaking it would have required a complete reworking of the script and the addition of a plot (which the first one sorely lacked for a significant portion of the drama).
I must say it was brilliant on her part to have rumors flying around that it was a remake for as long as she did. Free publicity is good publicity.
The Chinese Heirs (if I may call it that) plot sounds really interesting. Does anyone know how many episodes it will have? Are Chinese dramas an hour long episode (each time)? I would watch that drama. Does anyone know if it could be broadcasted on ICN in California? I am curious about that.
Not sure about this one but most Chinese dramas I’ve seen have been 45 mins and over 30 episodes.
Thanks for the info, Mel.
I’m happy he’s not playing a high school student. Don’t know if I can deal with dubbed in Mandarin tho’.
Mostly all Chinese dramas are dubbed though, its almost a given. But I concede its damn annoying knowing the person has a completely different voice.
You can say that again… ANNOYING… And the dubbed voices sound like robots with no feeling and no acting.
I’m gonna wait and see what becomes of this drama. Although relieved that its not a remake of heirs I still have my doubts about this one.
Ohhhhh!! Seems interesting…anticipating for it.
I personally like Siwon and think he has potential in acting, but we will see. Regarding the plot of the story, I mean I guess it sounds okay? Doesn’t sound that excited and complicated. Still kind of weary about YXT, but I guess it was inevitable since he is teacher/student with Li Shao Hong. We can only wait and see I guess.
Hmm.can you hear my sigh of relief?