China is famous for its strict guidelines on the entertainment industry. It’s currently a hot topic as China cracks down on fan culture, which goes against their belief that entertainment should be “Truth, Goodness and Beauty.” This is also the same for South Korean dramas and, to some extent, music. For six years, China held a ban that forced drama and music fans to watch their favorites through channels due to extreme restrictions.
Now, there might be a chance that China will lift the ban as it releases its first South Korean film to the big screen. Variety reports that Chinese cinemas will run the 2020 comedy Oh! My Gran.
The story’s premise is that the grandma, Na Moon-Hee, has Alzheimer’s disease. She and her dog are the only witnesses to a hit-and-run accident whose victim is her grandchild. She and her son Du-Won team up to find clues on who was responsible for the crime. The story is a great watch and one that Chinese K-drama fans would love and enjoy in the comfortable seatings of the cinema rather than looking for links.
The question remains, will China lift the ban they placed six years ago? How would this affect K-Pop and K-Drama idols with the current restrictions imposed on C-Idols? What is the future of South Korean entertainment in this foreign land? We can only wait.