Victoria Song’s “Find Yourself” Accused of Copying J-Dorama “I’m Taking the Day Off”
Currently airing on Hunan TV, the modern romance drama Find Yourself <下一站幸福> has found a successful formula to convince viewers to stay home to watch TV for the Lunar New Year. The drama stars Victoria Song (宋茜) as an established career woman who falls in love with an office rookie ten years younger than her, portrayed by Song Weilong (宋威龙). Their age gap becomes the focus of office gossip, and she starts to reconsider their relationship.
Although it’s only been a few episodes in, many netizens noticed that the plot of Find Yourself resembles the 2014 Japanese television drama Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, also known as I’m Taking the Day Off. In the dorama, a career woman in her 30s, who is inexperienced in love, starts a relationship with a much younger part-time intern after a one-night stand.
Netizens pointed out that the female leads of both series are 30-year-old career women who have never dated. They both have comedic families and a cute family dog. Both male leads are much younger office interns. Both stories have the leads decide to try out dating each other after a one-night stand. The second male leads (portrayed by David Wang 王耀慶 in Find Yourself) of both series are ambitious CEOs who fall in love with the female leads, and act as her best friend and mentor.
But reactions to the plagiarizing accusations were mixed. Others noted that despite the similarities in plot and roles in both series, the characterizations are different.
The screenwriter of Find Yourself was unhappy with the plagiarizing claims. In a Weibo post uploaded on January 28th, she welcomed netizens to list out the similarities, from characters to dialogue, of both series and share them online. She added that she was once a victim of plagiarizing accusations, and is thus very sensitive about the claims.
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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.