'Little Women' producer pledges greater historical sensitivity after Vietnam backlash

By Dang Khoa   October 7, 2022 | 03:20 am PT
'Little Women' producer pledges greater historical sensitivity after Vietnam backlash
A promotional poster for South Korean drama "Little Women." Photo courtesy of Netlfix
Studio Dragon, producer of controversial K-drama "Little Women," said it would be more sensitive about history and cultures after Netflix withdrew the series for historical distortions of the Vietnam War.

"In response to concerns raised regarding some of the settings in ‘Little Women,’ we will take social and cultural sensitivity into account and pay more attention to future content production," the company said in an official statement.

A Netflix representative said Thursday the movie was removed from Netflix in Vietnam "in accordance with a document (submitted) by the Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information under the Ministry of Information and Communications."

Previously, the Vietnamese agency requested the removal of the movie because it violated national media and cinema laws with actors making inaccurate statements about the Vietnam War in episodes 3 and 8.

The K-drama Netflix series "Little Women" is an adaptation from the classic novel of the same name, but with a different spin to suit Korean taste, premiered in September.

The film, directed by Jung Seo Kyung and produced by Kim Hee Won, follows the travails of three impoverished sisters, Oh In-Joo (Kim Go Eun), Oh In Kyung (Nam Ji Hyun) and Oh In Hye (Park Park. Ji Hoo).

In-Joo's life is shaken up when her friendly yet mysterious colleague Jin Hwa-Young (Choo Ja-Hyun) dies, leaving her two billion won and a trail that leads to a more sizable slush fund of a whopping 70 billion won.

While they wish to purchase an apartment, they also worry that the money has been stolen and will have an impact on the future. At the same time, they must contend with the forces seeking to reclaim the money.

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