Do you remember about a year ago this time we were all afflicted with DOTS Fever, the syndrome that fans experienced for the K-drama hit Descendants of the Sun? It's quite a complimentary tribute that Taiwanese admirers want to remake the inspiring story. But you'll be surprised by who, or what, is behind the new proposal.

It's been confirmed that the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan (officially Republic of China) wants to film a Taiwanese version of the story. The reason, they say, is that they want to inspire and boost morale with the same uplifting, positive image that the South Korean military has basked in as a result of Descendants of the Sun.

They have even allocated a budget for the new drama at NT$12.8 million, or about US$419,300. The 16-episode series, titled The Best Choice, will be directed by Liang Hsiu-shen, an award-winning director. Filming is slated to start in mid-April. The leading stars have not been announced, but one unnamed newcomer is described as "trained in special forces and has six packs."

Once the news came out this week, there has been a lot of negative feedback from the public. Critics point out that the budgeted sum is hardly sufficient to produce anything near the scale and quality of DOTS, as it probably doesn't come close to what is spent for just one episode of the original series. The usually outspoken singer-actor Aaron Yan also calls out via his FB, "Don't embarrass yourselves!"

Other netizens also suggest, apparently in satirical jest, to include some actors who have not served in the military due to various deferments or ailments, as well as a politician who has been critical of the military. 

Do you think Taiwan should go ahead with the plan?

For DOTS fans, maybe what we'd really want to see is a real sequel that stars none other than the four original leads: Song Joong KiSong Hye GyoKim Ji Won, and Jin Goo.


Descendants of the Sun

Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo

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