Fashion King

Fashion King (2014)

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High school student Woo Ki Myeong decides to become the most fabulous man in the world. He does this to mach up with a pretty girl who is his high school classmate. Meanwhile, Kwak Eun Jin likes Woo Ki Myeong. She attempts to change her style to catch his attention. ~~ Based on the webcomic "Paeshyeonwang" by Kian84.

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Laura Ferguson
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Aug 16, 2015
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I really liked the plot of this show, but it didn't quite hit the right spots for me. Being a huge fan of K-dramas I was ecstatic to find some K-films on a recent flight and watched all of them, but I was disappointed that this movie didn't get my in the heart like so many K-dramas do. This was a bit sad since it combined so many elements that I love, read more fashion, a comic-book/webtoon styling, great cast, comedy, angst... but it never quite got there.

I feel like this plot really could have done with being made into a drama instead, there was enough conflict to be explored through 16 episodes, or even a 10-episode web-drama would have been good. The acting was really engaging from Joo-Won and the rest. I'm not sure about Sulli since I haven't really seen her in much, but I thought she did OK.

One of my favourite films is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World so I loved the styling of this film, but I felt it was quite jarring showing how bad the bullying was to the cartoon comedy. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to feel dark or fluffy so it ended up just being uncomfortable.

There were a lot of sub-plots that could been excellent in a drama, such as the "bad guy"'s daddy issues and the romance triangle being worked in more. That all could have been really fun, I feel like some of the material was a bit wasted in a movie an hour and a half long.

I definitely think this movie is worth watching, but comparatively it wasn't as great as other things I have watched. I thank it forever for introducing me to Joo Won though.
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May 15, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
A great cast, a funny plot, some laugh, some tears, a little bit of romance, ... that's what Fashion King is all about.

The main reason why I watch this movie is for is casting mostly. I mean gaah Sulli & Joo Won ?! What else can I ask while two of my favorite actors play together. And I must say that Sulli's acting improved a lot from the past few years read more (The Pirates & Fashion King clearly shown her improvement).
As expected from Joo Won he also proves once again how good as an actor he can be, in a dorky and cute way this time.

The universe here is fashion, school & rivalry. I must say that the combination of the three of them is rather great. I didn't laugh as much as I expected, but I felt very entertained.

It's a refreshing movie with a pretty nice cast and a funny story. Watch it if you want to pass a good time.

ps: special mention for Joo Won OST's song - Happy Birthday
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    Koteuni May 12, 2017
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    namopanik Aug 13, 2016 - edited

    I can see some harsh remarks here, but I still enjoyed it. It shouldn't be treated too seriously. It has a flow and logic of a dream. For something nearly plotless, it delivers right emotions and power plays. And the stylist clearly had fun.

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      Koteuni May 13, 2017

      Tbh, I don't get why people don't like this. It was pretty good.

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    peaceminushana Jan 4, 2016

    This had potential but didn't pull through. It felt like I was watching a drama but only watched every 10th episode.

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    Wifey Dec 16, 2015

    I was pretty excited after seeing the such a good cast but after reading these comments and seeing the low rating, I'm not so sure I want to watch it now

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    MeegsS Dec 7, 2015

    I liked the message that the film was trying to convey, and it did have some really good moments. This would have been a great watch if it was a 2 or 3 part drama special. There were so many aspects that if fleshed out more could have made this story, well, complete I guess. The beginning and the end were very good, but the middle just seemed to be missing too much information and often left me scratching my head wondering why this or that just came out of left field (basically all the fashion oriented events) and was a bit confusing. I decided to just roll with it and enjoy it for whatever it was.

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    mszither Nov 3, 2015

    Wasting time, the worst I've ever seen. If you wanna watch Joo Won sings a beautiful birthday song, you might wanna try this. But you've been warned.

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    Mareina Aug 24, 2015

    The right ingredients are all there and the message is actually quite nice, but somehow sadly the movie adds up to less than the sum of the ingredients.

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    andyinspirit Aug 8, 2015

    Thumbs up! :D

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    Sapir Aug 5, 2015

    I was really disappointed from this movie, I know Joo Won as a good actor and this movie wasn't even worth my time , the characters and the plot.. felt as a joke :(

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    mahboobeh Aug 4, 2015

    I just finished it.I don't wanna say it was great ,but actually I've enjoyed it.Had a funny time with it. :))

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    justinconfusion Jun 26, 2015

    I don't know what y'all think, but I liked this movie a lot :)

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    mulgokizary Jun 23, 2015

    how disappointing

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    fanixx May 31, 2015

    It was okay. Nothing special.

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    RodinJooWon May 29, 2015

    Don't expect much just enjoy the movie :)


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Nov 6, 2014
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 7 min.


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    7.1 (scored by 1,432 users)
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