Fashion King Korean Movie (패션왕 Paesyeonwang‬) Review

Fashion King Korean Movie (패션왕 Paesyeonwang‬) Review | by

Recommended Audience: Fans of JOO Won, AHN Jae-hyeon, SULLI, PARK Se-young, comedy and K-Pop movie fans


(패션왕) Fashion King (Korean) Movie Synopsis

fashionking_featGrowing up in the provinces, Gi-myeong led a colorless, odorless, tasteless life until he transferred to a high school in Seoul where he meets Hye-jin, the girl of his dreams. But it’s not so easy to win her attention. So he attempts a total make-over, transforming himself into a fashion icon. Not only does he win her attention, he becomes a star at school. But his fame and popularity also bring him new competition: the popular, rich, good-looking, professional and model-like Won-ho. And the game of thrones to become the ‘fashion king’ begins.

(패션왕) Fashion King Viewer Rating: 3.5/5 ***

Fashion King (Korean) Movie Review:

fashion king comicThis film created a lot of buzz during the selection and announcement of the cast as many comic fans felt that the main leads (Joo Won and Sulli) were too good looking for the roles. But I had to say, the make up artist did a pretty good job bringing out the “plain-ness” in these Korean idols.

FASHION KING_Main stillThe story plot is predictable, with a frog turn prince for the sake of princess, with the help of a fairy godmother fashion designer, only to find out that the princess was not what she seems and the Ms Right is just beside him. So what made this film special?

This film reminded me of Taiwan’s KO One which brought the Taiwanese boy-band “Fahrenheit” to fame. The comic-style or should I say the serious-yet-exaggerated way of acting was just like watch an anime filmed by humans! I won’t spoil the surprise by showing any examples, but do look out for some hilarious effects.

FASHION KING_key still (1)While most people feel that the film plays heavily on the theme of “Fashion” or “Dopeness”, I thought it uses fashion appropriately to mask and address the social issue of bullying + cyber-bullying, as well as the social status of students in school. While it’s everyone’s dream to look good, the film show how we can use fashion or style to boost their own confidence.

If there’s anything I find odd, it will the group of monks at the opening, discussing about “dopeness” and “fashion”. The monk did not appear again until the end of the film during the Fashion King competition. It was a little odd and had little relevance or interaction with the main characters throughout the whole film. I’m not sure if this monk appeared in the web-comic but he’s certainly omittable!
FASHION KING_key still (4)The best part about this movie is how it is inspiring without trying too hard. It makes you think about the current society, about how we use brands to make us feel “fashionable”, and if it is the brand that make us feel that or our confidence that make us fashionable! And if there’s anything we should take back from after watch movie, it’s definitely to not let anything from pursuing our dreams!

new-stills-and-cheering-video-for-the-Korean-movie-Fashion-King-Movie_69Keep a lookout for all the Korean eye-candies!

Do You Know?

Fashion King castFor those who are not familiar with the KPop celebrities, this little info synopsis might help!
Main Character Gi-myeong (Joo Won) was known for his works Steal My Heart (2014), Good Doctor (2013) and Bread, Love and Dreams (2010).
Won-ho (Ahn Jae-hyeon) was known for his role in My Love from the Star (2013) and Wedding Bible (2014).
Eun-jin (Sulli) is a member of K-pop group f(x).
Hye-jin (Park Se-young) was known for her TV dramas School 2013 (2012) and Faith (2012).

PaeshyeonwangThe film was based on the webcomic “Paeshyeonwang” by (published from May 5, 2011 to June 5, 2013 on Korean portal giant Naver) written by Keean84/ Kian84. It had 4.2 million average weekly views and over 500 million accumulative views.

fashion king dramaThe film share the same Korean title as the 2012 SBS drama series “Fashion King”, but they are totally unrelated.

fashion king stillsAfter School’s Nana acted for the first time and played a cameo role in the film. This role was not in the original comic.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out (패션왕) Fashion King Korean Movie Official Website and Facebook Page!
Fashion King (Korean) Movie is out in cinemas on 12 March 2015.

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*Disclosure: Invitation from Clover Films Singapore. No monetary compensation was received for the movie review.

17 thoughts on “Fashion King Korean Movie (패션왕 Paesyeonwang‬) Review”

  1. I feel like this is going to be a Devil Wears Prada kind of show for me, I would watch it mainly for the fashion!

  2. You do such a thorough job on your reviews. All the extra information helps us make a decision to watch or not. This movie sounds interesting with humor and tender parts. I’m still not sure if I’d like to see it.

  3. I’m a fan of kpop girl group f(x) so I’m really curious as to how Sulli acts. I’d also love to see how Ahn Jae Hyeon acts as a bully because in MLFTS he was rather clumsy and funny.

  4. I would certainly, you can not just be over branded just to look trendy and fashionable. I mean it’s still us, humans, who commands the apparels and clothing in setting the trend. You become the trendsetter yourself when you become more confident in what you wear. Interesting movie!

  5. Just looking at the poster and watching the trailer, I know this movie will be super fun. Really admire Korean fashion 🙂

  6. With the corny poster and the goofy posing of the actor on the promo pics, I do not think I will watch this. The lead actress looks really pretty though. – Fred

  7. Oooh, it’s a movie that raises social awareness on bullying and cyber bullying which is rampant in today’s culture! I’d love to see this movie (with subtitles, of course), I hope they show it here.

  8. not a big fan of korean movies so i’ll probably give it a miss. but that screen shot of nana is just sooooo nana. her super model pose and all guys swooning over here…. hahaha!

  9. Sorry, I’m not that familiar with KPop celebrities, but this movie definitely sparks my curiosity. The plot is quite interesting and unique. Considering seeing the movie now haha. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’ve always liked Joo Won and Sulli, so this really made me interested! The fact that it focuses about fashion makes me even more interested to watch this soon! 😀 Anyway, thanks for this review. Can’t wait to see this for myself and spot the omittable monk. XD Lol!

  11. I love Korean movie, series on TV, super love it! That is why I have cable in our house to watch Channel M. Hahahaha….Korean Avid Fan here! This movie will be great and I hope this will be shown here in the Philippines with subtitle.

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