Fashion King

Fashion King (2012)

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Great fashion has to start somewhere. And for aspiring designer Kang Young Gul, that somewhere is in a humble stall at the Dongdaemun Market, a crowded fashion district in Seoul known for its cheap clothing and wannabe designers. Young Gul is a little timid about pursuing his dreams to become a famous designer, until he meets Lee Ga Young, a confident young woman who shares his aspirations. Anna Choi, a brassy woman read morewho will let nothing stand in the way of what she wants, and privileged hunk Jung Jae Hyuk create a double love triangle.

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Sep 17, 2012
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
First off, kudos to Yoo Ah In and Lee Jee Hoon for each having eye candy take-your-shirt-off scenes.

The acting for the rest of the cast was at least commendable, except for Se Kyung who was mostly crying or running back to Young Gul with that expressionless face of hers.

There were too many loose ends here that half way through the drama, it felt like they were writing an entirely new read more script.

I feel that Jae Hyuk was one of the most believable character in this drama. He is a young chaebol with a tyrant father who beats the sh*t out of him and a typical rich mother who constantly meddles with his love life. He is a confident and arrogant businessman who wants to be at the top of the fashion industry but always stops short at meeting his father's expectations.

At least, I understand why he would fall in love with the helpless, absent-minded and doe-eyed Ga Young because he feels that with all the pressures in his life, there is one thing that he is capable of, and that is his to help Ga Young reach her dreams of becoming a top designer and in turn this gives him strength.

Young Gul, however is an emotionally unstable, struggling designer cum knock-offs factory owner and a greedy, conniving and deceitful man who feels that rich people like Jae Hyuk has the moral obligation to help him every time he is short in cash. The depiction of his character is so extreme that I don't think anybody else can pull it off other than Yoo Ah In.

The entire runaway from thugs because you bedded the boss' woman and be an illegal migrant to America part is just so crazily random that it doesn't add to anything in the drama.

I think that the fierce competition between Jae Hyuk and Young Gul's businesses and Ga Young's love would have suffice as the main reason why they want to kill each other.

Anna and Jung Ah are the worst antagonists everrr. Thank heavens for the crazy woman aunt and the sadistic rich father!
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Aug 2, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I gave myself a total of two months before writing this review. Why? Because the ending will make you hate it. But after these two months I took a step back and looked at the whole show. And wow, it was really good. Actors played their parts very very well. Plot development was amazing. The music, the OST has a spanish swing to it that just sticks in your head. I read more have to talk about character development here, because that is what it comes down to and what people hate the ending for. Character development is very key in this drama. Characters were depicted perfectly as greedy, jealous, self-living, spineless, backstabbing people left and right. Each episode developed the conflict further and further (which could have just been solved by taking to each other, but that doesn't happen in Kdrama land). Until a boiling point is reached and the last episode shows the reality of the Fashion world and that its not always pretty. (which is why people hated the show)
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    redsprinkle Apr 24, 2017 - edited
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      AnicsiRoscoe May 1, 2017

      Can you please mark this as a spoiler?? You totally ruined the ending for me.

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      redsprinkle May 14, 2017

      just did. sorry abt that.

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    Andro Mar 16, 2017

    I love this drama abd even the ending... it was just so realistic... and sad...

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    Caroli Zfn Feb 4, 2017

    this drama was good at first 19 episodes and i was very impressed and excited but very bad in the end episode WHY? Because there were some issues were not resolved and didn't know the end of them. for example car accident of Shin Se Kyung parents and real consequences happening to madam Jo about that incident, also the illegal issues made by jung family(Lee Je Hoon and his father) especially legal threat they done against kang they were supposed to be exposed in the end. and Kang death left confusion to me. I think those things were to be considered, and that is why in the end it has low rate because there was no good resolution

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    Herison Jan 15, 2017

    I think I'm the only one who really liked this drama...

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    abee Jan 11, 2017

    i'm still amazed how they got Yoo Ah In and Lee Je Hoon to star in this awful drama

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    MinaVIP Jul 30, 2016

    This drama wasn't the best but it's not that bad either. People who say it's the worst drama on MDL are clearly overreacting in my opinion. This was a good drama with an unpredictable non-cliché ending. I quite enjoyed it. Everything was good, except for the acting of the main girl. But seeing Six Flying Dragons, Shin Se Kyung has improved. Watch this drama for Lee Je Hoon and Yoo Ah In. You won't be disappointed! :3

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    amelia May 15, 2016

    Watching lee Je hoon in running man made me come here.
    I fell in love with him and thought hadnt seen him before. Checked out his profile page, and realize he is the same guy as in here.
    Funny thing is I knew all other leads here expect him, and actually had taken a liking only to him :)

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    girl_on_fire Mar 24, 2016 - edited

    I even liked Lee Je Hoon in Fashion King. It is funny to realize that now.

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    gumho_starlight Mar 3, 2016 - edited

    i watched this years ago , but i remember loving the ost

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    Reavel Jun 29, 2015

    I loved this drama. I loved to hate the characters cause it was meant for that. It is not a drama for you to fall in love and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is a drama about morals and greed not really about a couple falling in love. The reason why it ends that way is clearly explained on the drama on a few episodes. I sometimes wonder if people actually payed attention to the drama and the story cause it was all explained. I still love it. It shouldn't be compared with other dramas. The actress was annoying sometimes... I agree with that. But the drama is good. It is just that is not everyone's cup of coffee and people didn't get the end they wanted. In real life not everything ends the way we wanted and this drama showed that. Be your own judged.

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    Seoulwitch Jun 6, 2015 - edited

    I was searching for a drama with Yoo Ah In... but not shin se kyung alias rubber face again!
    Oh please -.- Sorry, but I cannot tolerate her!
    I just watched the trailer.. He is so cool (ma proprio taaanto GNOCCO direi) but she is so... rubber faced. x'D
    Then, this drama is so bad?? Well, I won't waste my time. Forgive me, my loving oppa! xD

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    NesrineTao Jun 4, 2015

    i really really really hated the end the plot well everything abt this drama made me so mad especialy the end i wish i never watched this damn drama

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    Miaka May 31, 2015 - edited

    Not that bad in my opinion. There are loads of more popular dramas that are less interesting. It was painful to watch but I feel it is supposed to be that way. Don't watch it if you need light entertainment/positive message: Fashion King is more like a cruel tale of humanity.
    The two male leads were great.

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    maakopla May 25, 2015 - edited

    This is like the most misunderstood drama of the century. I guess, if you are too young you won't understand what's going on.

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      Cibi Sep 28, 2015

      I watched it when I was 16 and I hated it... But now that I read your comment, I'm just wondering if I didn't get what was to get.
      But I won't watch it again, I just can't. It was my first experience as a subber and I was kinda traumatised ^^'

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    MalaysianFan May 20, 2015

    Yes ..the rating for this drama dropped down because of the ending and the last episode...but for me its a good movie ,,,nice conflict and the actor also are performing their best but unfortunately the script writer is the person should be blamed for the script in this movie ...but in my opppinion this movie worth watching for those that dont care about the ending ...hehehe


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    South Korea
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    Mar 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    5.6 (scored by 3,210 users)
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