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Korean film of the week "Fashion King - Movie"

Korean film of the week "Fashion King - Movie" (2014)Directed through Oh Ki-hwanWith Joo Won, Choi Seol-ri, Ahn Jae-hyeon, Park Se-yeong, Kim Seong-oh, Lee Il-hwa,...SynopsisBased on a web-toon, a boy comes to a decision to change into the coolest guy around college to get the eye of the prettiest lady in his classroom.Release date in Korea : 2014/11/06

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IU  has   reportedly paid a visit to Yoo In Na on  the  film  set of the show called Fashion King

IU has reportedly paid a visit to Yoo In Na on the film set of the show called Fashion King

IU Visits Bestie Yoo In Na on the Set Of Fashion King to Show Support IU and Yoo In Na are like sisters, supporting each other on and off camera.

On June 26, fashion designer Go Tae Yong posted a picture on his Instagram with the caption, “Chef Lee Won Il’s Dear Bread along with IU and In Na. What are the four of us doing? Please take care of my refrigerator? This week is the finale for the ‘Producer’ special and ‘Fashion King!’”

In the image, IU can be seen visiting Yoo In Na on the set of “Fashion King.” The two look like sisters, both radiantly beautiful and seemingly close.

Designer Go Tae Yong and Yoo In Na have been working together on “Fashion King,” a Korea—China reality program in which top notch designers team up with celebrities to present a special collaboration.

Meanwhile, IU and Yoo In Na have worked together on “Heroes” and “You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin.” Since then, they have become one of the most well-known pairs of best friends in the entertainment field.

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Fashion King: What a Commercial Film Misses

Fashion King: What a Commercial Film Misses

20111119-Seoulbeats-Fashion King - poster Fashion King: What a Commercial Film Misses Written by Thuy On November 25, 2014 Being the first film ever to be adapted from a Naver webtoon, and not to mention a majorly successful series that hit a record of 4 million views, Fashion King cannot avoid being subjected to heavy expectations from the comics fans.

For the original webtoon version of this story, the author Kian84 is said to have captured [Korean] teen-culture with wit and satire with a matching sketchy drawing style. The characters may appear in over-the-top appearances and behaviors, but they are also realistic enough so that teenagers can relate to. Missing these appeals, the film is considered incapable of doing justice to Kian84s work.

In all honestly, the product is not a bad representation of Kian84s original work, as some reviewers have pointed out. The cause for a mixed reception of this film perhaps has more to do with fundamental differences between two modes of representation than with how bad of a director and writer Oh Ki-hwan and Yoon In-wan have been.

For those who have not read the original series, Fashion King is an acceptable choice for a leisure activity over the weekend. If you strictly watch the film with only a mindset of seeking entertainment and do not expect too much, then this 114-minute product is quite enjoyable indeed.

The film does not have an outstanding plot, but at least the story line makes sense with no big illogical absurdities. High school loser Woo Ki-myung (Joo Won) is a usual target for bullying in his class. However, one day he discovers the breath-taking and powerful realm of fashion, where he learns to become someone with 간지 (kanji)awesomeness, or coolness. Developing a crush on the prettiest girl in school, he enters into a competition with the prince-like Kim Won-ho (Ahn Jae-hyun). He then wins the Fashion King title, finds true love, and attains true confidence.

This is a very cliche narrative, but a profound plot is not the focus of director Oh. In fact, for Fashion King, the story should be simple enough so that the cast, the humor and the visual effects can have more room to shine.

Joo Won, as always, proves his top-class acting skill. Fashion King tells a story about a boy growing into a man. In the beginning of Woo Ki-myungs adventure, he is such a pitiful kid. Joo Wons acting is definitely convincing when rendering this feeble nerdy kid who suffers from fellow classmates daily attacks and contempt. Everything about him reveals an unhappy, but accepting attitude for someone whose mere wish is to pass a day without troubles (which of course hardly realizes).

Later on, when Ki-myung embarks on the path of kanji, we see a teen boy chasing after his goal wholeheartedly with that innocent dedication youngsters tend to embrace. It is also hilarious watching a man-in-the-making Joo Won doing those weird exercises under the supervision of his quirky mentorunderground fashion designer Nam Ki-jong (Kim Sung-oh). Toward the end of the film, our male protagonist struggles with his past, but he chooses to not run away and finally succeeds in the last catwalk challenge. Besides the pure hotness by the name of Joo Won, the audience can clearly see how that awkward boy back then has matured through his long certain strides on the runway.

Over the course of this transformation, there are enough transitions so that audience do not feel like they are watching three different characters. However, this persistent portrayal of Woo Ki-myung is at the same time a downside. Until the end, Joo Won stays as a goody-two-shoe guy with no flaw in his character. He loves his mom, he is loyal to his friends, and being a victim himself once he never tolerates bullying. He does not harbor any negative characteristics. Somebody may find this one-dimensional figure pretty boring.

For the more amateur role-takers, Sulli and Ahn Jae-hyun are not too bad themselves. Sulli carries out quite nicely the task of being a cute lively female side-kick. Once again Korean entertainment products just have to stick with the stereotype that a nerdy girl is destined to be ugly (and messy). Nonetheless, at least Sulli looks adorable with that girl-next-door, geeky appearance. For Ahn Jae-hyun, it would be way too harsh to call his acting a failure. For his character Won-ho, Ahn fulfills pretty much all the basic features: acting cool, being an arrogant bastard, and being a model.

Despite a good cast and an easy-to-follow plot, one criticism for the film is that it tries to jam in way too many things. It seems to be making a social statement about high school bullying at first. Then it is full-on comical in the middle. Toward the end, it turns into a heartbreaking drama when the director suddenly includes a very emotional scene of Woo Ki-myungs mother crying with realistic hand-held camera shots. Too many elements like this can a bit overwhelming.

Now onto the reasons why netizens are so not satisfied with the cinema version. The very factor to be considered here is the target audience of each genre. Webtoons are specifically aimed at young netizens, who would just read on their smartphone instead of properly enjoying every page in front of a larger desktop or TV screen. Each chapter in the series will be consumed within perhaps 10 minutes of these peoples daily commute. Meanwhile. films like Fashion King strive for a larger audience base not only within Korean society, but also globally. Instead of trying to generate something hyper-artistic or meaningful, it is a commercial film at best.

A characteristic of webtoons, as we have discussed here on Seoulbeats once, is that series belong to this genre are so invested in character development that outer beauty is rendered needless. Unlike manga, glamorous and polished drawing is really not what webtoons are about. It tends to minimize the visual representations and focuses more on developing the psychological depth of the character. Webtoons like Fashion King can even have no clear plot line that connects the whole series, it can just consist of small little stories that together create a very certain atmosphere.

A commercial cinema work can hardly maintain such qualities. There has to be a plot, there has to be the visuals, and there has to be the music. In short, the film needs aesthetic appeals to please the general audience.

In a sense, director Oh has sacrified the characters depth to emphasize more on the surface representation. It is understandble if the aspect where the film stays the most loyal to the fans is the construction of the characters physical appearace. A weird-looking cast is easy as well as it is catchy. In this aspect, the film is so accurate to the point that the characters seem to be walking into real life straight out of the webtoon, with all the details about their ridiculous or awesome styles.

On the other hand, the cinema adaptation has even outdone the original when it comes to impressive fashion showcasing. Accompanied by enticing background music, lighting, runway stages, the beautiful setting of Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and above all Joo Won and Ahn Jae-hyuns very intersting outfits, Fashion King is indeed a satisfactory showtime.

The biggest lost for the film compared to the webtoon is perhaps the very sensation every Korean boy can understand and relate to. Scene by scene, the original work has deftly captured a generations emotions and lifestyle through various pop culture and sub-culture references and jargon. For example the one scene about Ki-myung that every kid would be able to immediately tell it is about the real-life Jang Geun-seok, or designer Nam is a direct mentioning of Bae Jung-Nam  a well-known underground fashionista among teenagers and an Internet celebrity. All in all, this series resembles a scrapbook that puts together pieces about the life of any average Korean teenage boy in the 2000s.

For many Korean netizens, such a sense of familiarity is no longer present in the film. In order to reach out for a larger group of audience, it is inevitable for the director to compromise elements that only teenagers would understand and go for something more common. Even though the film itself is not a bad production, it is missing out perhaps the most important element that creates this series fame from the first placea connection, a sympathy, and a voice that represents so well how young Koreans of the early 21st century have lived their everyday life.

(Source: Screendaily.com, The Fact, Kormore, Tistory, Hankyung, Fashion King (webtoon), Fashion King Official Website (film). Images from 11st, Fashion King Naver Comic, and Next Entertainment World)


Joo Won and Sullis New Film, Fashion King, Reveals First Teaser Along with Release Date

Joo Won and Sullis New Film, Fashion King, Reveals First Teaser Along with Release Date

The character trailer and the release date for the upcoming film “Fashion King” was recently revealed. The film, which is an adaptation of the popular webtoon of the same name, will be starring Joo Won and f(x)’s Sulli as the main leads. It is set for a November release, and much attention is being put on the film as fans are wondering whether it will be as popular as the original webtoon.

The 2011 webtoon not only had an explosive number of page views, but also brought to existence many parodies and new words. Its characters each introduced a new type of personality in the genre, each with their own individual charms.

The released trailer proceeds with rhythmical electronic background music and fast paced introduction of characters. Surrounded by camera shutters, each character can be seen in different poses that match their personality in the film. Joo Won especially garners much attention with his comical poses that perfectly match the character in the webtoon. Fans are wondering what kind of acting transformation he will make in the film.

The film will be about a high school student named Woo Ki Myung (portrayed by Joo Won), who transforms his life with his new interest in fashion. He has a crush on Park Hye Jin (Park Se Young) and transforms himself into a more fashionable person, thinking she will like him back. His rival is Kim Won Ho (Ahn Jae Hyun), who is already a known fashionista at their high school. Meanwhile, Sulli plays Kwak Eun Jin, who is a quiet introvert that has a secret crush on Ki Myung. Kim Sung Oh will also star in the film as Ki Myung’s fashion mentor.

You can view the trailer below. Who’s excited for this film?


Sunmi to cover Park Ji Yoon

Sunmi to cover Park Ji Yoon"s hit song "Adult Ceremony" for "Fashion King Korea 2"

Sunmi to cover Park Ji Yoon

Sunmi will be covering Park Ji Yoon"s hit song "Adult Ceremony" for the August 30th episode of SBS" "Fashion King Korea 2"!

The contestants on the show received the mission for a "Music Collabo Look", which had them take inspiration from music. Sunmi teamed up with designer Yang Hee Min, who wanted to go for a strong statement and chose "Adult Ceremony" for his motif.

The designer himself rearranged the track, while Sunmi got in the studio to record the new version. Sunmi stated, "I like Yang Hee Min"s cover more than the original song," adding that she had confidence in her performance as well as the designer"s clothes.

This episode of "Fashion King Korea 2" featuring Sunmi is set to air on August 30 at 12:15AM KST!


Grazia Magazine Releases “Fashion King Korea 2″ Cast Pictorial Including Zico, Sunmi, Kwanghee, and More

Grazia Magazine Releases “Fashion King Korea 2″ Cast Pictorial Including Zico, Sunmi, Kwanghee, and More

Recently, the cast of “Fashion King Korea 2” was featured in a photo spread for Grazia, including Hong Jin Kyung, Jo Se Ho, Kwanghee, Clara, Sunmi, Yoo Jin Seo, Block B’s Zico and P.O, designer Han Sang Hyuk, Go Tae Yong, Kwak Hyun Joo, Song Hae Myung, Choi Bum Suk, Yang Hee Min, and Ro Gun. The celebrities each partnered with a designer, in order to put their unique styles on display.

In an interview at the shoot, Kwanghee revealed that he’s a shopaholic. He said, “I go shopping every chance I get. Before I begin my daily schedule, I go to the department store. The more expensive the product is the better the quality, but I still purchase products of cheaper brands. Recently, I purchased from Spa Brand pairs of espadrilles in every color, each costing 9000 won. If I like the design, I have to buy them in every color.”

Clara teamed with Choi Bum Suk and revealed her affection for him, saying, “I wanted to be on the TV show ‘We Got Married,’ and it seems like we are in that situation now. He’s like an older brother, a boyfriend, a friend, and an older sister!”

As for Sunmi, she described that her “taste in fashion leans toward hot pants and red lipsticks.” She said, “Because I am confident with my legs, I tend to wear a lot of hot pants. When it comes to makeup, I aim towards having a natural look with red lipstick as a bold statement to create an innocent yet sensual look.”

The “Fashion King Korea” pictorial can be found in Volume 37 of Grazia, which was released on August 20, 2014.


Block B

Block B"s Zico and P.O fool around in new trailer for "Fashion King Korea 2"

Block B

"Fashion King Korea 2" has released a trailer for their upcoming show!

This trailer is centered around Block B"s P.O and Zico, and the background music is fittingly their newest song "H.E.R". The trailer shows the two boys fooling around with each other as always, and urges fans to watch the episodes if they want to know what P.O and Zico"s "real" style is.

Check out the video above! The first episode will air on August 16th.


Fashion King Korea 2 Shin Dong Yup poses with Clara and Sunmi

Fashion King Korea 2 Shin Dong Yup poses with Clara and Sunmi


The SBS fashion survival reality program "Fashion King Korea 2" confirmed its first airing date to be August 16, 2014. SBS announced this on Wednesday and shared a picture from the SBS fashion survival reality program "Fashion King Korea 2" studio in Pa Joo, Kyung Ki Do. In the picture, the host Shin Dong Yup posed with members of the SBS fashion survival reality program "Fashion King Korea 2," singer Sunmi, actress Clara and comedienne Hong Jin Kyung. The SBS fashion survival reality program "Fashion King Korea 2" is a program where the fashionista celebrities team up with designers and make their own clothes for a contest. The first episode of SBS fashion survival reality program "Fashion King Korea 2" will air on August 16, 2014.


“Fashion King Korea 2″ Releases Its Celebrity Lineup, Including Block B’s Zico and P.O, Sunmi, and Others

“Fashion King Korea 2″ Releases Its Celebrity Lineup, Including Block B’s Zico and P.O, Sunmi, and Others

SBS variety program Fashion King Korea 2 finally revealed its star-studded lineup.

In a group cast picture released by SBS were Clara, Sunmi, Yoon Jin SeoHong Jin Kyung, Kwang Hee of ZE:A, Jung Joon Young, and Block B members Zico and P.O. It is interesting to see how each cast members own unique style comes through with just this one photo.

Fashion King Korea 2 will see these celebrities pair up with a fashion designer to compete with each other. The fashion designers who will be on the show are Choi Bum Suk (General Idea), Ko Tae Yong (Beyond Closet), Han Sang Hyuk (Heich es Heich), Song Hye Myung (Dominics Way), Kwak Hyun Joo, and Vandal. The show will be hosted by Shin Dong Yup.

Fashion King Korea 2 will start airing on August 16.


"Fashion King Korea 2" releases teaser featuring Zico, P.O, Kwanghee, Sunmi, Clara, and more!

SBS" "Fashion King Korea 2" has released their teaser featuring the celebrities that will be on the show!

The showis a fashion survival program where the top designers in Korea and celebrities form a team together to have a special collaboration look each week. Unlike the previous season, the new season will be a survival method and also have various different missions. The celebrities that are confirmed for the show areJung Joon Young,Clara,Block B"sZicoandP.O,Sunmi,ZE:A"sKwanghee,Yoon Jin Seo,Jo Se Ho, andHong Jin Kyung. Designers such asGo Tae Yong,Choi Bum Seok,Han Sang Hyuk,Logan,Song Hye Myung,Kwak Hyun Joo, andYang Hee Minwill be competing.

Check out the teaser above!

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