SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) - Do Min-joon, the stoic alien with superpowers in the South Korean drama “My Love from the Star,” has a different identity in China.
Spoiler alert: The entire story is a fictional tale that he writes for Cheon Song-yi, the arrogant, yet endearing heroine played by actress Jun Ji-hyun in the original, sources in the Chinese broadcasting industry said Tuesday.
Because China censors materials with aliens and supernatural beings, the show’s ending had to be changed from the original, in which (another spoiler alert) Do returns to Earth from his star to reunite with Cheon.
The series has been licensed to Anhui TV in northeastern China, and has aired since Dec. 29.
Although it is originally a 21-episode series, it has been expanded to 30 shorter episodes in China.
“We have no control over the length of each episode or the content since the show’s entirety was licensed to China,” production company HB Entertainment said. “But it probably won’t change too much because we handed (over) only the final product that was aired in South Korea.”
“My Love from the Star” was first broadcast from December 2013 to February 2014 on South Korea’s SBS TV, and was simultaneously viewed 4 billion times on Chinese video-sharing websites.