Chinese film The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity <晴雅集>, starring Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Deng Lun (鄧倫), was pulled from theaters due to plagiarism allegations. Originally scheduled for an international release on Netflix’s platform on February 5, it is unclear what the next steps are for the streaming website.
Although the movie was in theaters for only 10 days, it already earned 400 million Chinese yuan, and would have continued reaping earnings if the run date were not cut short. The film company is uncertain whether The Yin-Yang Master will be able to return to theaters again, so the chances of earning a profit are quite low especially against the original investment of CNY 300 million.
Screenshots of Mark Chao casting his spell in The Yin-Yang Master circulated online and many netizens claimed that the scenery, overall appearance, as well as the spell itself greatly resembled popular American movie, Doctor Strange.
This is not the first time director and popular author Guo Jingming (郭敬明), who was behind The Yin-Yang Master, was caught with plagiarism claims. He recently officially apologized for plagiarizing a novel in his career.
Receiving excellent praise for his performance in 2017 popular drama Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花>, Mark reduced his workload to spend more time with wife Gao Yuanyuan (高圆圆) and their daughter. Mark was offered two leading roles in grand production movies, Saturday Fiction <蘭心大劇院> and The Yin-Yang Master. Originally supposed to be released in 2019, Saturday Fiction’s release date is still undetermined. With the removal of The Yin-Yang Master from movie theaters, Mark has been absent from film screens for two years.
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This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.