Friday, 13 March 2015

[Movie Review] FASHION KING

안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)!

The Korean movie that is now showing in cinemas, FASHION KING, directed by Oh Ki-hwan, starring Moon Joowon from the highly acclaimed drama "Good Doctor" , Sulli Choi, Ahn Jae-hyeon and Park Se-young, is a romance-comedy which tells the story of a teenage boy who transforms from a ‘fashion terrorist’ to a ‘fashion king’ in order to win the heart of the prettiest girl in school.

The movie is based on a webtoon "Paeshyeonwang" by comic artist Kian84 (whose real name is Kim Hee-min), published on Naver from May 5, 2011 to June 6, 2013, which received 4.2 million average weekly views and over 500 million accumulative views.

The word "Dopeness" appears on screen a few time in the beginning of the show, which relates to words such as tight, cool, swag, and awesome - plays part of today's fashion trend. The show did highlight about all things fashion and how looking good changes the way how people see us and hence make our life better? We live in a society in which stereotypes do exists. In school, a nerdy/sturdy look are the ones often attract big bullies.. These are reflected in the movie. Be inspired to see Gi-myeong's life changing moments after learning how to style himself over a semester and expect to laugh your heart out watching how he master it from his fashion mentor, Nam-jung! There are also some very entertaining comical scene in-between that adds interesting effect to the whole movie.

In this movie, I like how finally Gi-myeong is able to stand up from where he falls and comes back fighting for what he wants in life. He showed others that he can turn impossible to possible, with a never give up attitude against all obstacles, not even when everyone else told him to. Not everyone is lucky to born having a pretty face and it won't make a person beautiful, not without a good heart and kind soul.. In the battle between Gi-myeong and Won-ho, it seems that Won-ho may have won the title of top fashionista but Gi-myeong's efforts earned himself the support from the many audiences, friends and family.. A very emotional scene towards the end of the film.

And if you are a fan of any of the korean celebrities, this movie is definitely worth to watch!

Looking adorable in their school uniforms!

Brief Synopsis:

A teenage boy transforms from a ‘fashion terrorist’ to a ‘fashion king’ in order to win the heart of the prettiest girl in school.

With a pair of thick glasses and stuffy appearance to boot, high school student Gi-myeong (played by Joo Won) is mercilessly teased by his classmates on a daily basis at a rural provincial high school, until he jumps on a chance to transfer to a hip high school in Gangnam, Seoul. At the new school, he comes across the girl of his dreams – Hye-jin (played by Park Se-young) – who is a beautiful online starlet. For a nobody like Gi-myeong, he can’t even get close to her due to her massive popularity. As if that was bad enough, her boyfriend is not only one of the smartest students in school, son of wealthy family, but professional model Won-ho (played by Ahn Jae-hyeon). But not the one to let the girl of his dreams just slip through, he vows to transform himself and be a man whom she can admire and be with.

Gi-myeong meets a fashionista named Nam-jung (played by Kim Seong-oh), who teaches him the essences of fashion, such as ‘cool’ and ‘tight’. With the help of Nam-jung, Gi-myeong passes countless qualifying matches, and realizes what ‘tight’ really means. Seeing his face on TV piques Hye-jin’s attention, but he realizes that it is Eun-jin (played by Sulli from f(x)) whom he loves.

Finally, Gi-myeong and Won-ho head for the final round. Unfazed by Won-ho’s threats and violence, Gi-myeong enters the finals with incredible conviction as a chance to transform himself into someone he really is in his heart…

Directed by : Oh Ki-hwan
Produced by : Cha Seung-jae
Written by : Yoon In-wan
Music by : Lee Jun-oh
Starring : Joo Won, Ahn Jae-hyeon, Sulli, Park Se-young
Release Date : 12th Mar 2015
Language : In Korean with English , Chinese Subtitles
Run Time: 119 mins

A big thank you to Clover Films!