Drama Casting & News
Choi Siwon headlines Chinese version of Heirs
by | February 3, 2014 | 118 Comments

I suppose that Heirs, despite being bereft of narrative movement and limp of content, did somehow manage to turn itself into a pop-culture phenomenon, and now there is apparently going to be a Chinese drama version (titled 億萬繼承, which basically means Heirs), and it will star Choi Siwon (King of Dramas). For whatever reason this remake/production/casting news makes perfect sense; now all they need to do is cast Ha Suk-jin to play the older brother role. (C’mon, with those faces, they have to play bros at some point!)

According to SM, Siwon’s management, he’ll be playing the hidden heir to a large cosmetics conglomerate who finds himself in a competition to claim an enormous inheritance. Also cast are actress Kan Qing Zi and Yu Xiao Tong, and if they’re following the Korean Heirs closely, probably half their entire generation of rising stars. Directing is Li Shao Hong, whose TV credits include 2012’s Hua Kai Ban Xia and 2010’s Hong Lou Meng. Co-directing will be Korean PD Oh Sang-won, who previously made the dramas Sad Sonata and Oh Pil Seung Bong Soon Young.

Ummm. Well, it seems inevitable that a hit as popular as Heirs was bound to spawn adaptations and offshoots. Heirs will always be one of those dramas whose appeal I fully understand yet don’t *get* personally, so I be equally unsurprised if this adaptation turned into a humongous hit for Chinese television or flopped big time. And hey, in this case the wafer-thin plot could actually be a boon, since there is little to get lost in translation. It’s mostly flirting and crying and longing looks, with a huge dash of overbearing parental interference and mean-spirited bullying. Put that way, who could resist?

The inexplicable draw of the show is also something you can’t chalk up to youth, because in an amusing reversal, Heirs is the drama where all of our parents here on the DB staff loved the drama with a surprising fervor, while we could only shrug in wonder. (Mama Beans: “Heirs is so cute!” Javabeans: “But… nothing happens and they just cry all the time.” Mama Beans: “I know nothing happens, but they cry so cute!” Javabeans: “But the characters are horrible.” Mama Beans: “Well yes, but they’re also so cute! This show is so fun!” Which is the point at which you have to just drop the subject and move on to how King’s Family is so stupid as to be hilarious, which is something on which we can agree wholeheartedly.)

Siwon will be off to China to begin filming shortly, after which he’ll have Super Junior activities to promote the group’s new album.

Via My Daily


118 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. 51 valleydale

    All I can say is, they must be paying Siwon shit loads of money to do this. Makes absolutely NO sense for him to have agreed to it otherwise.

    • 51.1 Mel

      Money talks… and that huge Super Junior Chinese fan base wont hurt this drama… Being eye candy will definitely help!

      • 51.1.1 Sl

        Think china market for concerts and advertising. Lmh did the china new year concert for pittance – but boy did he get instant household recognition.

  2. 52 Mel

    JB, I’d like to meet Mamabeans, she sounds like me! I can watch any drama and find something “nice” about ’em…. Does Mamabeans like to watch daily dramas? It sounds like she would be a lot of fun and do well in having her own blog site. Hope she returns here in the coming future… From a fan! Thank you!

  3. 53 salmon

    Not all Chinese dramas are dubbed. Chinese dramas from China are dubbed, from Taiwan or Hong Kong are not. They recorded live.
    I believe Chinese dramas from China are dubbed because they want to show the “right” pronunciation. Dramas from Hong Kong and Taiwan want to carry the emotions of the actors to the audience. That’s why they are no dubbed.

  4. 54 Stetson

    Li Shao Hong is currently directing the drama Cocoon Town Romance with Song Qian (Victoria) of f(x).

  5. 55 Miki

    I am sorry, but the drama he is shooting has nothing to do with Korean “Heirs”. Just the title is similar. It is not an official remake.

  6. 56 Limmy

    What javabeans calls the ugly sweater party, my mum calls the most gorgeous wardrobe evaaa. Maybe that’s why all the parents were so into this…?

  7. 57 Danni

    Actually, this has since been cleared up, that this isn’t a remake of Heirs (THANK GOD! lol), even thought the people involved in the production let the rumor go for a while that is was… very likely to take advantage of all of the hype around Heirs (good or bad). Here’s the full story that I read: https://koalasplayground.com/2014/02/05/c-heirs-with-choi-si-won-and-yu-xiao-tong-starts-filming-and-is-not-a-remake-of-k-heirs/



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