“Little Women” Korean version is receiving support from the audience and critics, but suddenly lost points because it was accused of plagiarizing an advertising poster of a famous Japanese cosmetic company.
Recently, the Korean version of Little Women, starring Kim Go Eun, was accused of plagiarizing advertising posters of Shiseido – a large Japanese cosmetic company. Many viewers believe that from the division of composition, color to the arrangement of characters in the movie poster, all look similar to the original poster of this cosmetic company.
The similarity between the Korean version of Little Women movie poster (left) and the promotional poster of a cosmetic company from Japan (right).
Responding to the media, the production unit of Little Women Korea said, “The poster was created by us with the concept that the three sisters are walking towards a bright place with their shadows falling behind. Sub-company The designer created this poster after reviewing many works. In the future, we will work more meticulously through in-depth reviews.”
Not directly talking about the issue, but the response of the producer is considered by netizens as implicit acknowledgment of the copying behavior in the poster of Little Women.
Little Women has just aired the first episodes and made a pretty good first impression with the audience. The rating of the first episode of the drama reached 6.4% of the national average and increased to 7.7% in episode 2 – high numbers when it just started. Therefore, many people could not help but be disappointed when the film was caught in a plagiarism scandal. The half-hearted response of the production unit “more meticulous through in-depth reviews” such as implicitly admitting but without an apology to the creator of the original poster also disappointed many netizens.
It is also a plagiarism controversy, but in a completely opposite situation with the American version of Little Women (2019). In 2020, the promotional poster for the final episode of the Chinese-language drama The Next Station is Happiness was accused of copying the poster of the movie Little Women. The layout is almost identical.
It is also a copy of the design idea, but the “victim” is the poster of Little Women in the movie version.
However, because of this mistake, it is impossible to underestimate Little Women Korean version. Possessing an excellent original script and equally quality cast, Little Women is still expected to be able to storm the Korean screen in the near future.