The Chinese-Korean movie Catman, starring EXO’s Sehun, will be released in China for the first time in four years on March 14, the White Day (when people give reciprocal gifts to those who gave them gifts received on Valentine’s Day). However, it is said that the movie won’t be released in theaters but via Tencent Video, China’s online streaming platform.
The film was originally planned to be screened in 2017 after the filming was completed in 2016, but the release was indefinitely postponed in the aftermath of “Hallyu Restriction” (a ban of Korean content in China as a retaliatory action for deploying THAAD in Korea).
Although Catman is a Chinese film invested by Chinese money, the film industry believes that the release has been delayed because the male lead is a K-pop idol.
Amid rising expectations for the lifting of Hallyu restrictions as China started to grant new permits to Korean games, the industry is even more pleased that mainland China has accepted Catman‘s screening.
Meanwhile, Catman is a romantic fantasy film about what happens when a half-human-half-cat and a woman fall in love with each other. Sehun plays a chic, confident, and cold but charming half-human-half-cat, and Janice Wu has been cast as an honest, confident woman who has created an app that translates cats’ sounds and language. The movie was directed by Insadong Scandal director Park Hee Gon.