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Costume designer seeks a perfect fit

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Costume designer seeks a perfect fit

Jo Sang-gyeong poses at a hanbok couture house in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, where she works when not designing memorable costumes for movies. Jo, 39, who has worked on more than 40 local films, developed an interest in hanbok during "The Concubine". Jo says, "Hanbok requires distinct camera angles according to how they are worn". By Choi Jeong-dong

There are many reasons for the success of "The Concubine", which topped 2.5 million in ticket sales in June. But particularly eye-catching for the audience are the unique and elegant classical costumes that are the work of 39-year-old designer Jo Sang-gyeong.Jo graduated from Korea National University of Arts majoring in stage art and has worked on nearly 40 films since her 2002 debut in "No Blood No Tears". Her major works include the polka-dot dress of Geum-ja in "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"(2005), the purple sweat suit of archer Nam-joo in "The Host"(2006), Madame Chung's bold and sexy dress in "Tazza: The High Rollers 2"(2006) and Anna's forlorn trench coat in "Late Autumn"(2010). She has been creating hanbok, or traditional Korean attire, even after filming the movie, in the shop where she designed some of the costumes for "The Concubine". This would seem to be a task similar to designing for the film, but she views it another way."It is an entirely different process because it aims at different goals", Jo says."When designing movie costumes, the focus can't be concentrated only on the clothes itself. In a sense, designing movie costumes started from my affection for movies rather than for clothes".

Jo-designed costumes, from left: Madame Chung (Kim Hye-soo) in "Tazza: The High Rollers 2"; Queen Mother (Park Ji-yeong) and the concubine (Jo Yeo-jeong) from the "The Concubine" in 2011; Nan-shil (Kim Hye-soo) and Hae-myung (Park Hae-il) in the 2008 drama "Modern Boy"; and Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae) in the 2005 thriller "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". JoongAng Sunday

Q. "The Concubine" was your first historical drama. How was that different from other films you have worked in?A. Hanbok requires distinct camera angles according to how they are worn. Sometimes, clothes that require full shots were filmed in tight shots, and once the director filmed from a bird's-eye view. I don't go to studios or sets very often, but this time I had to be there for the angles.We couldn't figure out the precise age or dynasty settings of the film from the costumes.Originally, the backgrounds weren't stated in the scenario I received. I asked for the age setting from Kim Dae-seung, the director, because I needed a footing to stand on. I went through the Joseon Dynasty's history of attire and proposed using 14th to 16th century silhouettes for "The Concubine". They were not similar to hanboks in existing historical dramas, either, were they?After taking on design for "The Concubine", I downloaded every TV historical drama and watched them all. Overall, costumes in the dramas of the '90s were much better than the recent ones. People got so used to the dresses from the latter part of Joseon Dynasty, it seemed that nobody questioned it when a king from the 15th century wore clothes from the 19th century. I could easily find these kind of errors - characters putting on clothes that didn't even exist in their times.Audiences find costumes in "The Concubine" slightly unfamiliar. Director Kim told me I didn't have to reach up to the late Joseon Dynasty attires and I wanted the costumes to look more plausible. I designed the costumes with a lot of confidence after referring to historical records like pictures and artifacts. Even professionals in that field complimented the costumes, so I wasn't concerned about the historical validity at all until the movie was released and critical voices started coming out. Taken aback, I ran to the theater and looked at the costumes more objectively. I could see that the arrangement of the colors could have contributed to such criticisms. For example, red is arranged with yellow in China, white in Japan. Hanbok generally arranges blue next to red and such arrangements are critical in determining the overall impression of the clothes. I guess the controversy over the Queen Mother's clothing was also due to the arrangement of black on the collar.

We assumed the costumes would be fictional as well.Fabric was one thing I couldn't reproduce perfectly and that's where I played some tricks. Eunuchs used to wear chul-rik, a traditional overcoat, and since it was a work cloth for them I tried denim for it. In that manner, I made some compromises on the material, but abided by the intrinsic form and character of the clothes.Can you describe your work process?I have to look at the scenario; it contains a lot of important information. When directors write scenarios they picture the scene in their heads, hinting at the colors or forms of the clothes they want. In "Old Boy"(2003), director Park Chan-wook repeatedly used the phrase "cross stripes" in the scenario. In the process of trying to visualize the text, such directions help a lot. In combining those with discussions with the director and references to the cast, the design is inferred. Are clothes sometimes specifically stated in the scenario?Sometimes the director designates the color. In "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"(2005), polka-dots were mentioned in the scenario. I asked the director why and he told me that it didn't necessarily have to be polka-dots, Keum-Ja just needed to appear dowdy. I read such things throughout the scenario. Do you think clothes should fit not only the character but also the mood of the film?I start working from the posters. Posters are the part of a movie that is first presented to the audience and thus potently form the film's first impression. In that sense, "Late Autumn"(2010) was quite memorable for me. Other posters I worked on are not things I'd like to hang on my wall. They looked too fierce. But the poster of "Late Autumn" featured a good-looking man and woman, so I worked on creating such images. Could actors be another variable to costume design? Sometimes they change the whole concept of designs. There are situations when it has to be this actor, but he or she doesn't go with the scenario at all and I'm asked to do something about that.Your filmography broadly spans costumes from early 20th century attire in "Modern Boy"(2008) to military uniforms in "The Front Line"(2011).So they often lack depth. In the case of "The Front Line", I had never seen a military film before. I studied the Korean War, researched about warfare and interviewed people. I listened to war veterans' memories, looked through memoirs, photos, newspapers and anything related. So, I basically started from a position of ignorance and built up from there.What about everyday dress?I thought it would be easier to design, but it wasn't. Characters in "The Host", they're just so ordinary, nothing to research or study about. Designing out of nowhere, that is much more difficult".What happens to the costumes when the filming is over?Thrown out, sent to Africa, kept by the actors as mementoes, put up for auction. Sometimes I keep them, but those I keep are usually the ones that are left out. People seem to sense some frustration when I say that.Do you ever feel possessive? The clothes remain in the film and that is where they are meant to be. When we put them up for auction, the winner takes commemorative photos in them and they never look harmonious. The clothes are designed for the actor, for the character and for the film. They are meaningless away from the screen. So I don't usually feel special attachments to them. For me, that is the attractive part. It's the same with theater costumes. The costumes are designed for stage illumination so they shine, but they ought to disappear when the curtain is closed and the actors take off their makeup. By Hong Ju-hee

China's 'Little Psy' Passes Clear of Brain Cancer

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China's 'Little Psy' Passes Clear of Brain Cancer

(Photo : (Ziejiang TV, SBS))Being dianosed with brain stem glioma in August 2014, China's "Little Psy" gave his ultimate breath at the age of 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 9, after struggling with the sickness for a year and a half.

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iKON contributors to examine their confession strategies on Dynamic Duo and Yoo Hee Yeol on 'Sketchbook'!

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iKON contributors to examine their confession strategies on Dynamic Duo and Yoo Hee Yeol on 'Sketchbook'!

In preparation for Valentine's Day, MC Yoo Hee Yeol asked iKON and Dynamic Duo to proportionquite so much of confession strategies of different age groups. The participants of Dynamic Duo either agreed that it was once a unhappy and lonely subject for them. 

Following, the iKON members were tasked with acting confessions on either of the Dynamic Duo members, or MC Yoo Hee Yeol! Each and every member is reported to have used original methods, bringing laughter to the audience. 

Video 3rd teaser video released for the Korean drama 'Please Come Back, Mister'

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"Please Come Back, Mister" (2016)Directed through Sin Yoon-seobWritten by Noh Hye-yeongNetwork : SBSWith Rain, Lee Min-jeong, Oh Yeon-seo, Kim Soo-ro, Lee Honey, Choi Won-yeong,...16 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00Formerly referred to as "Hello, My Precious" ( , an-nyeong nae so-jeong-han sa-lam)SynopsisBased on an long-establishedJap human comedy novel "7 Days of Tsubakiyama" by Asada Jiro, about a guy who does not know he is dead, coming back alive and mingling with folks he did not know ahead of and accepting death.Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/02/24

'Remember' Records Its Absolute best Ratings To Date

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'Remember' Records Its Absolute best Ratings To Date

(Photo : SBS ) "Remember" recorded its best possible ratings to date, as the series delivered the primary romantic kiss scene between Yoo Seung Ho and Park Min Young.

The episode opened with an embarrassing court moment for Search engine optimization Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho), who experienced greater symptoms of early onset Alzheimer's.

He struggled to recall main pointsvital for the trialwhile making an attempt to shield Park Dong Ho (Park Seung Woong) for a homicide that he did no longer commit.

Ryu Joon Yeol addresses the battle he had with the staff of 'Reply 1988'

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Ryu Joon Yeol addresses the battle he had with the staff of 'Reply 1988'

The actor printed his mind on his personality Jung Hwan now not being decided on as the husband, saying, "Jung Hwan persisted his painful love yetI suspect he naturally stated farewell which matches his character. For my part 1do not feel regretful or disappointed."

Ryu Joon Yeol extra addressed the alleged clash that arose between him and 'Reply 1988's production team when Taek without warningwas the husband.

He explained, "I don't do net then I heard the rumor at the company. The conflict rumor is totally unfounded. I'm worked on an excellent drama and I just spend daily gratefully for buyingto fulfillsensible people, production team, and friends."

Rain and Oh Yeon Search engine marketing Get Flirty in New “Please Come Back, Mister” Stills

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Rain and Oh Yeon Search engine marketing Get Flirty in New “Please Come Back, Mister” Stills

Rain and Oh Yeon Search engine marketing become Flirty in New Please Come Back, Mister Stillsorionight February 11, 2016 0 Following the teaser trailer that dropped yesterday, SBS has released some preview stills for their upcoming drama, Please Come Back, Mister.

Please Come Back, Mister is set two lately deceased middle-aged men who are given a 2dlikelihood at existenceby ability of inhabiting much younger, handsome bodies. The stills feature Rain and Oh Yeon Seo, who play the body-jacked characters, being specific flirty with every other in spite of IT being the primary time they meet after coming back from limbo.

The chemistry between Rain and Oh Yeon Seo is undeniable to see, even just in those small snapshots. The production team had not anythingyetcompliment for their performance. Even at their first recording, they stole the show. It's excellent to feel that they just clicked in combination from the very beginning. They went directly toupload that either actors give their perfect when filming.

Interview Ryu Jun-yeol, "Forever on my side, 'Cheetah' Ra Mi-ran"

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Ryu Jun-yeol turned intoa celebin precisely 2 years and rumors of envy followed. He is expounded to be 'vain' and it turns out that he had problems amongst the group of workers and crew which created combinedreviews roughly the actor. However, he used to be and so shy to even appearance at the reporter in the eye. He said, "There were numerous rumors about me after the drama and I suspect they had anything to do with the truth that Jeong-hwan did nottransform Deok-seon's (Hyeri) husband. I just should be more careful and modest. I'mthe similaryetthe ones about me examine me differently. So I feel I will have to exist more answerable for my actions". He's more nice looking the more we look at him as he is so modest.

Ryu Jun-yeol: "We hardly evermentioned being the husband let by myself be rivals. We were close at the set but we have become closer after the tvN display "Youth Over Vegetation Namibia, Africa"".

"I learned that things didn't paintings with her on the 19th episode. I made up our minds to let Deok-seon go. Jeong-hwan would've been upset but I wasn't that bad. He must've been actually sad".

Yoo Jae Suk Talks About How His Wife Makes His Middle Flutter

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Yoo Jae Suk Talks About How His Wife Makes His Middle Flutter

Yoo Jae Suk Talks About How His Wife Makes His Center Flutterkminjungee February 11, 2016 0 Yoo Jae Suk makes everybody jealous by potential ofpronouncing that his heart still flutters for Na Eun Kyung, his wife.

The February 11 broadcast of KBS 2TV’s Happy In combinationused to be a “You’re More or less Like A King” special, with Wang Bit NaIm Soo Hyang, Shin Hye Sun, and Kwon Oh Joong, as the guests. They'll exist starring in the hot KBS weekend drama, Five Children, together.

During the episode, Wang Bit Na, who has been married for 10 years, says, “My heart used to overcomeswiftlyeach dayevery time I saw my husband, for roughlythe primary3 years of our married life. After the ones three years, the heart-fluttering romance disappeared.

Han Chae-ah to big name in Television display "I Are living Alone"

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Han Chae-ah starred in quite so much of TV displaysreminiscent of KBS "The Human Condition" and MBC "Real Men" and seemed as very friendly.

Lee Min Ho and Suzy’s dating is still going strong

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Lee Min Ho and Suzy’s dating is still going strong

While Lee Min Ho is setto head on a fan assemblyexcursion after polishing off filming for the Korean-Chinese joint film Bounty Hunters, Suzy has already begun filming for her upcoming and drama comeback Uncontrollably Fond with Kim Woo Bin for a July broadcast.