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Popularity of 'Sound of Heart' soars high in China despite country's ban on Korean entertainment

By alice101   Thursday, December 15, 2016   33,685   4,962   31
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Amidst the Chinese government's ban on most Korean dramas and shows, 'Sound of Heart' is earning more and more popularity. 


KBS2 sitcom 'Sound of Heart' released its first episode on November 7 through China's Sohu.com, and since has reached over 1 million views as of December 15!


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The show has passed China's ban order and is able to air normally online, and despite many people's worries about its performance, it continues to pull in more viewers. On Sohu.com, 'Sound of Heart' is topping the Korean drama chart, proving its popularity.


It is also doing well in Korea, with almost 30,000,000 views on Naver TVcast and achieving 6.2% in ratings on the first episode that aired on KBS2


Staff of 'Sound of Heart' stated, "In a difficult situation with the ban in China, we are happy that Chinese viewers are liking 'Sound of Heart.' We did not predict that it would be loved in both Korea and China," thanking the viewers. 




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    Slurrpy_joey Sunday, December 18, 2016

    the number is wrong lol..it's not 1 million but 110 million view and still counting~

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    kpophilippines Friday, December 16, 2016

    Why Korea's drama and shows are ban in China? Anybody know this?

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    Grimjester kpophilippines Friday, December 16, 2016

    China banned south Korean content as retaliation for south Korean government's decision to deploy the US terminal high altitude area defensive missiles. + + + Song Joong-ki caused a lot of divorces.

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    abthurd Grimjester Friday, December 16, 2016

    lol what? I mean is that song joong ki part for real?

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    _Jarhon abthurd Friday, December 16, 2016

    -.- ofc not.

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    Grimjester _Jarhon Friday, December 16, 2016

    yes the song joong-ki part was real - there was a petition to take Descendants of the sun off air, by angry husbands, because their wives were obsessed with it and it did cause divorces.

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    3percenter kpophilippines Friday, December 16, 2016

    Because Mainland China is an hyper-authoritarian police state ruled by an un-elected and unaccountable cabal of ChiCom Party bosses and PLA generals. They do as they please... the Chinese people have zero input.

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    kpophilippines Friday, December 16, 2016

    I dont know what to believe, especially Grimjester, hahaha.

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    3percenter kpophilippines Friday, December 16, 2016

    It is quite simple... in ChiCom Mainland China, there is no freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or an independent media. The ChiCom regime controls all media including what can be aired on TV. They can censor content or ban a show entirely without the need to justify their decisions to anyone. Since the ChiCom regime did not like S. Korea's decision to defend itself from the N. Korean ballistic missile threat, they are punishing S. Korea by banning S. Korean entertainment in the Mainland. And while Grimjester isn't entirely joking. The ChiComs routinely ban any foreign media content they decide may negatively impact Chinese interests at home or abroad, and considering that there is a shortage of Chinese females in the Mainland, and it involves Chinese male pride, it isn't as far-fetched as it seems.

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    abthurd Grimjester Friday, December 16, 2016

    omg lol. I feel so bad laughing because it is so funny and depressing at the same time.

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    kpophilippines 3percenter Saturday, December 17, 2016

    What do they want, they want S. Korea not to defend itself from N. Korea? So that if N. Korea conquer or threatened S. Korea, China will have the whole Korea?

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    Grimjester kpophilippines Saturday, December 17, 2016

    China doesn't want the U.S defense system in place because it's a threat to "their security".

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    3percenter Grimjester Monday, December 19, 2016

    The ChiComs are full of shit. THAAD is a purely defensive system that utilizes a kinetic kill vehicle (no explosives or warhead) to destroy incoming ballistic missiles by impact. And the X-Band radar system is only a threat to the ChiComs if they foolishly decide to launch a preemptive nuke Pearl Harbor style sneak attack. THAAD is being being deployed to S. Korea to defend against the ChiComs bastard child N. Korea. But if as a side bonus, it also helps to prevent WW3, then too fucking bad for the ChiComs.

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    3percenter kpophilippines Monday, December 19, 2016

    North Korea is the ChiCom's Frankenstein Monster child. They helped create it, raised it, supported it, and fed it. Now it is a dangerous brat making serious trouble in the neighborhood. If the ChiCom Mama had reigned in their little beast long ago, there would be no need for THAAD or US military presence on the peninsula. Since the ChiComs refuse to control their little bundle of terror, it is up to the S. Koreans and US to defend against the crazy rugrat with nukes. The ChiComs are just whining because the X-Band radar of THAAD could potentially also detect any ChiCom ballistic missile launches. Well, too bad. The ChiComs should have thought about consequences when they allowed their brat to develop nukes, ballistic missiles, and threaten to use them against SK, Japan, and the US.

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    raid5 Thursday, December 15, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    NiliriaD raid5 Friday, December 16, 2016

    You're trying too hard, gotta be subtle and not so obvious about being a troll

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    raid5 Thursday, December 15, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    sun3sun Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Isn't each episodes only has like twenty minutes or twelve?

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    iknowuknow Thursday, December 15, 2016

    It's more complicated than most of you would think. The fact that this drama can air on Sohu right now definitely has something to do with Bae Young-joon's Keyeast. Why? Cuz Sohu is the second largest shareholder of Keyeast. And in China that's called guanxi.

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    shoyst21 Thursday, December 15, 2016

    I watched the first 2 episodes that were subbed and it was so freaking funny. It is just so hard to find a site the subbed all the eps.

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    north_unnie shoyst21 Thursday, December 15, 2016

    yeah, 20 episodes are already uploaded yet they only subbed 2. Hope through this article they'd start subbing the rest cause I'm dying to watch it.

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    Sein_san shoyst21 Friday, December 16, 2016

    Where did you saw the subbed episodes, and there are already 20?, haven't seen them in any of the pages i use

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    reeshavalentine Sein_san Friday, December 16, 2016

    4udrama has 2 eps subbed

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    north_unnie Sein_san Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    in dramacool, it already has 20 episodes but 2 are only subbed and the rest are raw.

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    smokeee Thursday, December 15, 2016

    damn shame korea wont ban chinese stuff in return.  hate these inequities in economic necessities.

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    krissypryde Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Prince of Asia's impact

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    Zolush Thursday, December 15, 2016

    How are the international viewer's are watching? I can't find it on internet

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    beautyfulest Zolush Thursday, December 15, 2016

    they sub it super slow sadly...i've watched episode 1 and 2 from this website if you wanna check it out. just type in 4udrama dot com and search for sound of your heart

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    shoyst21 Zolush Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Me oo watched in boxasian and I was enjoying so much when I reached to ep 3 and realized it wasn't subbed.

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    Zolush beautyfulest Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Thank you

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