Jinxed with controversies, The Golden Hairpin <青簪行> may be facing another obstacle to its broadcast. Despite being filmed almost two years ago, Kris Wu’s (吳亦凡) scenes had to be deleted due to the singer facing trial for sexual assault charges. Controversy over its Japanese-influenced costumes may deal another blow to the drama, adding to its uncertainty in broadcast date.
Adapted from online novel Memoir of a Lady in Waiting <簪中錄>, The Golden Hairpin was originally meant to be a feminist historical idol drama centered around Yang Zi (楊紫). After Kris accepted the male lead role, his team forced the crew to increase his scenes and reduce Yang Zi’s screen time. With Kris’ impending trial, many netizens have requested that the production team revert back to their original plans in focusing on Yang Zi, stating that it did not matter if there were no male lead!
Since investors were unwilling to let their money go to waste, AI technology was used to replace Kris’s scenes with Kenny Lin Gengxin (林更新). The re-filming had finished in June, but a source disclosed that the drama will not be released anytime soon because Kris’ case has not resolved yet. Publicity for the drama has been kept low, with the crew hoping the public will disassociate the drama with Kris.
Recently, netizens reported to authorities that The Golden Hairpin’s lead characters’ headwear resembled Japanese kanmuri worn by Shinto clergy and courtiers. With the new controversy, The Golden Hairpin faces yet another obstacle for clearing censorship and broadcast delay. The Chinese government allegedly mandated that historical dramas would be banned from incorporating foreign costumes and accessories after The Legendary Life of Queen Lau <我叫劉金鳳> was criticized for its Japanese influences and removed from streaming platforms.
Source: Up Media
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.