Fashion King

Fashion King (2012)

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Fashion King tells the story of young aspiring designers in Dongdaemun Market as they dream of success, and the relationships, love, and challenges they face along the way.

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19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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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23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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May 24, 2012
  • Overall 3.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
In summary, if you are looking for a satisfying romance (and by satisfying I do not necessarily mean it should have a happy ending), you should definitely go elsewhere. If you are looking for something dark and thought provoking, I think that might have been what they were going for, but it's been done better.

It started off interesting, if cliched (your typical Cinderella-esque story)

BUT, there were more characters and storylines read more than the writers or the cast really knew what to do with, and in trying to do justice to all they really did justice to none.

They dropped hints that they never picked up, and generally lead the viewer to believe there was more meaning than there ever ended up being. I think it was this promise of something that led so many people to the last episode, and the utter failure to deliver that has inspired so many negative reviews.

The ending was shocking, but in a better crafted drama it would have worked. It never pretended to be a rom-com, so a nice neat happy ending was unnecessary, but at the same time it only ever played at being the kind of dark drama it tried to become at the end. In this case it felt like a cop-out, like the writers simply couldn't find any other way out of the quagmire they'd created. Like they thought the shock value alone would make everyone forget all of the loose ends, and the fact that basically every character was stripped of any respect or redeeming character traits. Like the ending alone would somehow make it profound and thought provoking.

All it did, and not just the final minutes, but the absurd pacing of the entire final episode, was highlight the flaws up until that point. The drama was at the same time repetitive and inconsistent, unbearably long and at the same time rushed, a mess of contradictions that did not work in its favor.

In the end it tries to be too many things and succeeds at none.
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both have the same female lead- she is almost the same in both dramas. both have complicated emotions not traditional in kdramas.
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it's simmilar how the 2 guys are crazy for the lead but summer's desire is way better though
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    Sadisfied 12 days ago

    I don't care what everyone says.
    I still love this drama and absolutely LOVE Kang Young Gul

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    Rtee Jun 19, 2014

    i just want to watch this drama to see how bad it is loool

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    Bera Jan 19, 2014

    Yes I agree Ako ... also the main character's personality turning trashier than it already is, another reason .
    You watched this laaaaaaater so you didn't watch it like us from the beginning week by week, you also sound like you read reviews before so that help you lower your expectations unconsciously ....

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    Bera Jan 19, 2014
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    minjung0703 Jan 19, 2014

    why does many says it waste your time...but for me it didnt,,i like to watch only a few episode to say its worst,,but after that it took me to finish it to end it,,look like it didnt end with what they like,,thats why they said that..

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      Ako Jan 19, 2014

      The end is bad so of course we could say it's a waste of time only for this reason but it began to be really bad around episode 10 so I don't think the end is the only thing to blame

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    DramaLoverSara Jan 10, 2014

    can anyone tell me why its a waste of time , like ive put it on hold it for a year now , and i wanna know whats the reasons of this drama that's its so bad ?

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      Ako Jan 17, 2014

      Yes it's a waste of time, it just keeps on going back and forth and you even end up hating all the characters, if you want to know the end i'll put it under spoiler in my comment below

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      DramaLoverSara Jan 19, 2014

      Omg, the ending is so gdlgkhjdkf and i haven't even watched it ! . Thanks for telling me :) so not going to watch it, im totally going to end up crying !

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    twicky Jan 1, 2014

    Someone recommended me that I shouldn't watch this drama, by the looks of the comments on here, glad I didn't.

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    ELFfreak Dec 6, 2013

    WOW! There is actually 54 ppl out there who has giving this drama 10 full points.

    One question, what is wrong with you guys?

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    MinaVIP Dec 1, 2013

    Am I the only one who actually kinda enjoyed this drama? xD It was actually pretty good....except for the main character (she was so annoying 100% of the time that you couldn't help but to wish you could go there and slap some sense into her brain) X_X

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      howforwardsale Mar 4, 2014

      No, I enjoyed it too as a guilty pleasure. I kept expecting (for some unknown reason) for it to get better. It had such potential but the writing was awful. They kept doing the same things.

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    palak Nov 28, 2013

    I was checking out the highest rated dramas on MDL and OMG this drama is the least rated drama here. Wow must be real bad.

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    milafanway Nov 18, 2013

    Don't trust Shin Se Kyung's dramas and that's all -.-

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    ELFfreak Nov 15, 2013

    Hahaha this drama was so bad that I still come back to this page. Just so that I can read how everyone is bashing. :D

    I remember the moment when I saw the ending... omg. My mouth was wide open I was like "what the ..." the biggest twist ending ever.
    Laughed so hard!

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      Sara_sn May 5, 2014

      You aren't the only one to come back and read the comments here!
      I'm checking it sometimes and just laugh to the comments and remember the time I was so angry to watch this drama! ;p

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    Addiction Nov 12, 2013

    Started out great, boring in middle, ending was a hilarious joke.

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    tiraaa Oct 20, 2013

    Deep inside, I sometimes secretly really want to watch this to see how bad it really was and join in on all the bashing and being able to say "omfg so bad, don't watch it!" LOL....


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    South Korea
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    Mar 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    5.6 (scored by 2,204 users)
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