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Costume designer seeks a perfect fit

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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

TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

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TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

(Photo : KpopStarz) Website hosting their weekly #KCONLiveChat, it used to be announced that TaeTiSeo and CNBLUE will sign up for the KCON line-up for the Los Angeles dates.

Fans alike are guaranteed to look the synchronized and charismatic performances that might take position at the Prudential Middle and Staples Center this summer.

5/13 1PM EST KCON NY Combo/Platinum Tickets5/16 1PM EST KCON NY Unmarried Tickets6/3 1PM EST KCON LA Combo/Platinum Tickets6/6 1PM EST KCON LA Single Tickets For updates on KCON 2016, visitwww.kconusa.comand apply @KCONUSA on Twitter. Fanaticsalso are invited to register for the verbal exchange by the usage of #KCON16NY and #KCON16LA in their social media platforms.

Lee Min-ho's interview in China, "Not certain about enlisting date"

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About a Chinese fan who shaved her head to proportion the pain of having to serve his country, Lee Min-ho said, "I saw that on the scoop and I used to be touched. Not anything is explicit just about my National Service, but the fan shaved her head much previous so I believe by the time I go, her hair will grow back".

"As an actor, I'mthankfulto understandI could beready to exist supportive to somebody and others' lives. I wish to share more love in go back for the give a spice up to everyone's given me".

When he was asked if he was worried about his famewhilsthe is gone, he said, "If I compare myself to a book, there is the procedure of finishing up this e-book so there isn't any knowing to the ending, but I believe this page will be remembered forever. It all is dependent on me".

Three problems about Song Hye-kyo's symbol rights

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J. Estina supported the drama with 70 million won and now notone hundred million find it irresistible was to get started with known. J. Estina advised expanding the contract in December that year but Song Hye-kyo refused. Therefore, the contract was terminated in the next January and J. Estina had to attenuatethe quantity of cash being backed as it most effective had two months to advertise its products. Also, in keeping with J. Estina, Song Hye-kyo must solely have worn products from J. Estina but she went opposed to the contract and wore other pieces brought to her through her stylist. However, the professional PPL product agreed by J. Estina and Song Hye-kyo is a necklace that Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) gifts to Kang Mo-yeon. It was meant to be publishedat the3rd episode. The necklace was overly exposed in the camera.

Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for her image rights. J. Estina claimed this was morally disappointing then claimed that it has experienced more damage than excellent from the versionas a result of the tax evasion issue.

However, according to Song Hye-kyo, J. Estina has been asking to exploit Song Hye-kyo's images in branchshops in China and accountabilityunfastened stores when their contract was only limited to Korea. Song Hye-kyo agreed to this. But after fresh events, J. Estina attempted to make a deal of re-signing the brand contract or it's going todisclosethe volumeof injury it experienced thank you to the tax issue.

Dae-bak seems like Song Joong-ki when he was once young

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Lee Dong-gook's wife Lee Soo-jin posted an image on Instagram saying, "They glance alike. Here is my expectation two decades later. The happiness of waiting".

One facet of the image is of Song Joong-ki when he used to be young. Dae-bak and Song Joong-ki appearance alike from the eyes to mouth.

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

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Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not  Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets No longerOpting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitaroppahogger April 28, 2016 0 Sam Kim makes his first appearance on his firm director’s tune program, KBS 2TV’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook.”

After coming 2d on “K-Pop Megastar Season 3, Sam Kim has signed an exclusive contract with Antenna Music, Yoo Hee Yeol’s agency. The MC asks if he has ever regretted his resolution on not choosing YG or JYP, he firmly answers: “Never.”

Yoo Hee Yeol also questions the explanation why he failed tosettle for songs written by skill of composers in the similar agency, like Jung Jae Hyung or Lucid Falls, and Sam Kim just trails off hilariously, “Because of the generation gap…” He later embarrasses Yoo Hee Yeol by exposing his director’s number of lyrics, “Mr. Yoo turns out to write the note ‘bed’ a lot.”

Video Added Korean drama 'Entertainers' episode 4

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"Entertainers" (2016) Directed by capacity of Hong Seong-chang, Lee Gwang-yeong Written by Yoo Yeong-ah Network : SBS With Ji Seong, Hyeri, Kang Min-hyuk, Chae Jeong-an, Jeon No-min, Jeong Man-sik,... 20 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 Synopsis "Entertainers" depicts the tale of the those thatcollectedin combination to shape a track band. Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/04/20

GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of Extra Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion Is also Affected

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GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of  Extra  Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion  Is also Affected

GOT7s JB To AcquireExtraScientific Examination, In a foreign country Concert ExcursionCould also be Affectedcrystalcove April 28, 2016 0 GOT7s leader, member JB, who is not ableto take part in his teams first concerts Fly In Seoul arising on April 29 and 30 because of a spinal disc injury, will also be unable to wait the abroad tour, dependent on his fitness diagnosis.

JB went to the sanatorium afterwards experiencing back pain throughout a concert practice session on April 27, and after it was once diagnosed that there has beena subject alongside his spinal disc, it becomemade up our minds that he would sit down out GOT7s M!Countdown functionality on April 28 and the Fly In Seoul concerts taking place April 29 and 30. He also wouldnt be attending the press convention for the concert going on April 30.

It is expected that JB will head back to the health center today, April 29 KST, or the following day for further examination., in keeping with local news outlet XSports news. Looking on what the doctors say, he plans to go throughotherremedies or a minor surgical procedure. It isnt most probably that JB will wantmain surgery.

GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

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GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

GOT7s Junior And TWICEs Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Weeks Inkigayokminjungee April 28, 2016 0 On Might 1, fanaticscould bein a positionto peer GOT7s Junior and TWICEs Dahyun sing their own praises their talents equally special MCs for SBSs Inkigayo.

TWICEs Dahyun will be taking where of Kim Yoo Jung, who has officially departed from the show. Two times volition also have their Inkigayo comeback degree for their new song, Cheer Up, on this day.

Dahyun has already shown off her qualifications in this box when she was once a temporary, one-day MC for 3 Kings, in preference to EXIDs Hani, who became taking a hiatus at the time. She was commended for actively taking part and appearingjust right reactions right through the episode.

Song Joong-ki's issues of appeal

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Though it shouldappearinappropriate to acting, it played a section to make Song Joong-ki who he's today. He beganperforming at a later age but he was capable of finding his position so briefly because he is a fashion student like he has at all times been. He worked challenging and he consistently made the properselectionseach fourth dimensionthere has been a chance. He rose to stardom in the drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" then endured in "Deep-rooted Tree" as the more youthfuledition of Han Seok-Kyu's role.

Those around him attemptedto prevent him as a result of the small element but he was recognized for his performance. When he was in the motion picture "Penny Pinchers", an interviewer asked him, 'Isn't it standard for a celeb to play cool roles first sooner than degrading himself?' and he answered, 'That's one typical way of expanding one's spectrum. Or not it'sfoolish to observe the trend.' Song Joong-ki needs to be good-looking and talented at the similar time.

Song Joong-ki was noted for his nice looks at school but he did not get the key function at first. He did part-time jobs after college and strains of him from back in the day still remain today. He believed that 'not having skillmay also begrew to become into an opportunity.' He acquiredthe assistance of actor Lee Joon-hyeok throughout "A Werewolf Boy" and studied the movements of a wolf. Whilst in "Deep-rooted Tree", he tried to appreciate the King Lee Do by reading back in history.

All You want To grasp About Wallace Chung, Lee Min Ho’s “Bounty Hunters” Co-Star

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All You want  To grasp About Wallace Chung, Lee Min Ho’s “Bounty Hunters” Co-Star

Recognition as a major Actor“The Stand In” was the prime profile drama that brought recognition to Wallace Chung’s acting. He was widely praised for his convincing performances as the short-lived political activist Lee Chong Guan and the deficient rickshaw driving force lookalike Wang Ah Si that becomes Lee’s replacement. When observing the drama I was very wellinspired that either roles were played by him because they were so different. Even as Wang Ah Si transforms and becomes like Lee Chong Guan, Chung is ready to distinguish the 2by way of his acting. This drama built upon his symbol equally the charming romantic lead and gave him recognition as a serious actor.

Forming Connections with Korea

Most currently he was awarded the Asia Megastar Grand Award at the Seoul Global Film Awards. Idea that was his only connection with Korea before his casting in “Bounty Hunters”? Nope! He in the past headlined the Chinese motion picture adaptation of the Hallyu drama “Secret Garden” with H.O.T’s Kang Ta. This may also be a low budget remake, but it's far refreshing to see Chung in a red nightie and acting like a ladyfinally his other serious roles. Watch the hilarious scene at the 40 2nd mark below!