As some of you may have already surmised, Guo Jingming and Yu Zheng’s woes are far from over despite the lengthy apologies both separately issued last week. Regardless of their apologies, it seems the industry is pretty serious about its crackdown against plagiarism. On January 4, fans were reeling with shock and dismay following the unfortunate news that The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity was axed from movie theatres all over the country.
Also known as Qing Ya Ji, the movie adaptation of Baku Yumemakura’s classic Onmyōji is Guo Jingming’s newest project which hit Chinese cinemas only recently.
Of course no explanation has been specified as to why the movie starring Mark Chao and Deng Lun was pulled. However given the highly suspect timing, fans and viewers have theorised that Guo Jingming’s plagiarism issue and the possibility that he has been blacklisted in the industry is the main cause.
What happens now is the big question everyone is asking. Will he be banned from the industry forever? Is there still even a possibility for fans to see the flick? At present, the film can no longer be found on major ticketing platforms Mao Yan and Tao Piaopiao. Information about the film has also been removed and even its box office statistics have also disappeared.
And then there’s also the sequel Long Ye Qu 泷夜曲 to think about as it has yet to be aired. And, given that Netflix has just purchased the rights to broadcast The Yin Yang Master: Dream of Eternity overseas, what indeed is going to happen now?
Is Yu Zheng also Cancelled?
Meanwhile, Guo Jingming’s movie wasn’t the only casualty in this issue. Yu Zheng didn’t fare any better as his historical comedy Song of Youth 玉楼春starring Bai Lu and Wang Yizhe is rumoured to have been slapped with an indefinite air date. And that’s not the only thing. The same day he published his apology, Yu Zheng also announced he is leaving the show I am an Actor 我就是演员3 where he sits together with Zhang Ziyi as a mentor. Like Derek Tsang whose scenes were all cut following his departure from the program last month, all of Yu Zheng’s pre-recorded scenes have also been removed.
Honestly, it’s a pity things had to come to this. I can’t imagine what the actors and all the crew must be feeling right now considering all the sweat, blood and tears they all poured into these projects only to have it pulled. But plagiarism is a serious issue with serious ramifications that cannot be ignored. As many Netizens have said, this could have all been avoided had both screenwriters issued those apologies as soon as the verdict was handed down instead of waiting this long to acknowledge the issue and changed their ways.