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′Five Fingers′ Caught Up in Plagiarism Controversy

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2012.09.11 11:00 Mwave Ko Hong Ju Translation Credit : Erika Kim

This is one drama that certainly doesn′t have it easy. SBS′ Five Fingers, a drama about a group of pianists, is again in trouble, this time for plagiarism issues.

On September 10, one blogger pointed out that Five Fingers is fairly similar to the novel Blood Rhapsody, and this claim led to a full-fledged plagiarism controversy.

The suspicions the blogger voiced are mostly centered on the general stories of the two pieces, both of which involve music and a battle to become the heir of a rich family. Little details, such as how the mother of the novel, Young Ae, hurts her pinky finger and becomes unable to play the piano just like Yoo In Ha (Ji Chang Wook) of Five Fingers and how Myung Woo in the novel learns of his stepmother′s schemes, have also proven to be similar.

′Five Fingers′ Caught Up in Plagiarism Controversy

On this issue, SBS and the drama′s production company have said they would issue an official stance after looking over the issue. They, however, now can′t avoid criticism for the unending controversies that follow Five Fingers.

Before the plagiarism controversy, Five Fingers had been brought under fire regarding T-ara Eun Jung′s departure, even striking up a conflict with the Korea Broadcasting Actors Union (KBAU).

The KBAU had asserted that "producer Choi Young Hoon was the one who started the issue of [Eun Jung′s] resignation, and the aims of the SBS directors and the production company had matched perfectly." It also called the incident "a comedy that happened when the production company and SBS, blinded by quick profits, chose to make Ham Eun Jung leave in an emergency decision."

Just a day before she was to start shooting, Ham Eun Jung received the notice that she was not to appear in the drama anymore. She was replaced by Jin Se Yeon of KBS2′s Bridal Mask fame, but this decision also sparked debate with the actress′ appearance in too many pieces in similar time slots at once.

In the meantime, Five Fingers, which hit its highest viewership rating numbers on August 25 with 14.1 percent (AGB Nielsen Media Research), has been sliding downhill ever since its child actor phase concluded. MBC′s May Queen has taken the lead, surpassing Five Fingers at 10.5 percent with ratings of 15.7 percent on September 9.

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