TV show accused of plagiarism


A RECENT episode of Chinese historical TV drama Royal Feast caused a huge debate online after it was accused of stealing a scene from popular Netflix drama The Queen’s Gambit about a female chess prodigy, China Press reported.

The Chinese drama, which started airing in October, featured the protagonist Yao Zijin’s journey to the palace as a maid in search of her long lost love.

Yao, played by actress Wu Jinyan, was required to be trained in the ancient game of Weiqi (popularly known today as Go), a game of strategies akin to chess.

In one scene, Yao was shown cooking, yet she could hone her Weiqi skills at the same time by imagining the ceiling panels in the kitchen as part of a Weiqi board.

Fans were quick to point out that the scene was very similar to that of the orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit, who often imagines the ceiling as a chess board.

According to Chinese state media CCTV, Royal Feast’s producer Yu Zheng is not new to copyright infringement.

In 2014, Yu was sued for lifting from a novel for his TV series The Palace: The Lost Daughter. He was ordered by a court to issue an apology and pay damages.

> An emergency was declared in China’s Heilongjiang province on Saturday following the detection of a new Covid-19 case, China Press reported.

According to local reports, one man was found to have been infected in the city of Dongning, which has since imposed restrictions on entering and exiting the city.

All schools, entertainment centres and non-essential shops were told to close for the time being.

In areas where the Covid-19 risk is deemed mid-to-high level, only one member from each household is allowed to leave the house every two days to buy supplies, not exceeding two hours each time.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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