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Crime drama ‘Tunnel’ looks to be hit in China

Mar 31,2017
“Tunnel,” a new time traveling crime series on Korean cable channel OCN, has become a hot topic on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, a talent agency said Thursday.

The number of posts mentioning “Tunnel,” which premiered last week, rose to more than 660,000 on Weibo as of early Thursday, according to G-Tree Creative, which represents the show’s lead actor Choi Jin-hyuk.

“This shows the high level of interest among [Chinese] fans despite the import ban on South Korean cultural products,” the agency said.

Since last October, Korean cultural content and stars have been under a massive ban in China as an apparent protest over Seoul’s decision to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, on its soil.

Despite the culture ban, it’s been widely reported that Korean shows are readily available in China through illegal sites that stream pirated shows. Yonhap