After only its second episode, the newly aired SBS drama "My Love from the Star" starring popular stars Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun (Gianna Jun) has found itself wrapped up in a heated plagiarism controversy with an ongoing Korean comic book series titled "Seol Hee," which is based on a similar concept to the drama.
"My Love from the Star" is based on the historical "Gwanghae Journal" from the Joseon era that referenced mysterious UFO sightings. The TV drama adapted the tale into a show that tells the story of "alien" in the appearance of a human named Do Min-joon ― played by Kim ― who doesn't age and has been living in Korea for the past 400 years. The drama follows the life of Do, who is now living in present-day Korea, as he falls in love with famous, yet snobby actress Cheon Song-ee ― played by Jun.
The SBS drama has been accused of ripping off the concept from the "Seol Hee" comic book series by cartoonist and writer Kang Kyung-ok. After the airing of the drama, Kang publicly claimed the theft of her storyline on her blog.
"While the 'Gwanghae Journal' is something anyone can write about, the adaptation of the storyline of 'a 400-year-old man who doesn't age and lives in the present' and a 'story of lovers' is what I wrote in 'Seol Hee,'" she wrote.
Kang went on to claim that she found at least eight points of similarity between the drama and her comic book ― a series that the writer claimed to have been developing for seven years ― including the use of a famous person, eternal youth, an alien, rebirth and others.
"Although the atmosphere, the male and female characters and the order in which events took place are different, the core of the story is far too similar," she explained.
Despite public outcry by the author, a spokesperson from HB Entertainment ― the production company for "My Love from the Star" ― released a public statement claiming that the accusations are completely baseless and denied any knowledge of the "Seol Hee" comic books during the drama's production process.