I enjoy “FASHION KING” a lot because of their fantastic cast! Even though these actors are relatively young, they know what they’re doing. Who knew the super boring Lee Je Hoon at the press conference would turn into a rich boy with an attitude. I love both of his lip and the eyebrow smirks. Shin Se Kyung and Yoo Ah In acted perfectly as I expected them to be, thoroughly entertained. My bias Kwon Yuri appeared for 3 minutes!!!!!! Her English suck as usual, and I love her so. Actually, I’m slightly concern about her character. Will she continue to be a sad puppy from beginning to end? Please no! I hope Young Gul will brighten Anna up, bring out a different, funnier side of her that Jae Hyuk just couldn’t before. I kind of wish Yuri could have played Shin Jung-Ah, Madam Jo’s daughter. That girl appeared more than Anna, and she stood out to me too. I totally love these 5 characters.
In the long run, it’s difficult to tell whether the strong cast can keep making up for the weak production team. The behind the scene screw paid so little attention to detail. A few to name:
Ga Young checked her email from “a folder,” not a webpage. Her acceptance notice was written in poor English. She didn’t inform the school of her acceptance in advance. It’s 21st century, you register class online.
Young Gul’s journey to America was such a joke! Even though Korea is small, do you need to escape all the way to America? What happened on the boat? What was with Rolex watch? How did he even sneak off the truck? How did he get from Mexico to NYC like nothing? Unrealistic.
Ever since I got my first cell phone, I don’t remember anyone’s phone # but myself. Young Gul got extraordinary memories to know all those phone numbers.
“Stinky Asians.” Unnecessary. Worst, the scriptwriter was being racist.
The fashion school looks cool, except it’s really an engineering school in real life.
Ga Young and Young Gul were so poor, yet they wore Rolex and brand name items.
Young Gul and Ga Young met since youth, such cliché. However, this is forgivable since they want to establish quick relationship between the characters. It helps the drama moves at a fast pace.
The tone was inconsistent. Those gangsters were meant to be scary, I mean Young Gul fled to America, but the gangsters appeared so silly. Three Koreans got threw off the boat, yet funny music was playing and Rolex was such a joke!
I find “FASHION KING” totally entertaining mainly for the cast’s effort, they brought the characters to live. The production team just needs some work, a lot of work, especially with “Love Rain” coming out. “Love Rain” PD + scriptwriter are such perfectionist – from selecting beautiful OST to sceneries. I hope “FASHION KING” PD + scriptwriters will pull themselves together, research on their topic (or just write about what they know best) and pay attention to the detail. Be logical.
It’s officially 2 weeks countdown to SBS “Fashion King” premiere! The “Yes! Americaaaaaa” at the beginning was such a joke! I’m glad they filmed in NYC, Time Square brought back so much memories for me. My Yuri, or rather Choi Anna, looked fabulous in bright colors! She was totally peeking at the naked Yoo Ah In! haha Kidding!
So many rumors are flying around about Yuri’s 4 passionate kissing scenes. This is Korean production, meaning I don’t think the scriptwriter even knows how the story will progress just yet to pre-determine there will be 4 specific kissing scenes. Stop freaking out! I don’t have problem with kissing scenes, Yuri is no longer a teenager, but let it be real kisses. A peck on the lips does not count, and it’s LAME!
The 3 competing Tuesday and Monday dramas give a very different vibe. I haven’t seen the pre-modern MBC “Love & Shadow,” although I adore Son DamBi very much! Oh and thinking of which, I believe Yuri is close to Son Dambi too. Poor girl, she’s basically competing with her unnie and dongsaeng. I definitely will follow Yoona’s KBS “Love Rain” as well.
I’m no stranger to “Love Rain” PD and scriptwriter. My site “Endless Love” (AKA “Autumn in My Heart”) was named after their drama. So far, “Love Rain” teasers gave a very “Autumn in My Heart” feel from the beach to the painting scenes. The beautiful piano piece was sad and romantic.
Finally, I’m fully recovered from NYC trip and shall write a full fanaccount!
Because I had work, I couldn’t fly over to NYC early to attend David Letterman and Live with Kelly recordings. In fact I flew out right after work on Wednesday night, crazy I know! When I reached Gansevoort Park Hotel at 11:30 PM, my friend immediately dragged me to Best Buy to queue in line. “Fans already line up. We gotta go!” They were joking, right? We arrived around midnight and were like # 70 or something already. It was cold, but Sones were pretty civilized. We talked, blasted SNSD’s music, and danced. The couple next to me was all cute, hugging, warming each other up in the cold. Honestly, I was kinda jealous! It was a bummer to learn Jessica left as well. I decided to fly over when I heard confirmation Jessica would make it there. I went for 9. By around 6 AM (Best Buy’s door opened for us), there must had been 1000s of fans outside. Unfortunately only the first 300 received wristbands to enter the fansign.
My friends and I passed out when we returned to the hotel from 8 AM to noon. One time when we got out of the hotel, 1 of the friends forgot something, so we waited in front of our door. Two Asian girls walked toward us and asked… “What you guys doing here?” I was really confused by the question (slow reaction like Sica’s lol) and showed the hotel card… “It’s our room…?” My eyes shifted to the shorter girl next to her. Oh my god! It was SUNNY!!!!!!! She just quietly stood behind the staff member. She probably just got out of shower, her hair was all wet. Ah, the girl was tiny!!! Only then we realized, SNSD’s rooms were on the same level as us!! (Thank you to the oversensitive staff member!) We weren’t sure how to react, so we just left… I got to say the girls were really loud! I could hear them when our door was closed. So typical of SNSD though, youthful and cute!!!
The fansign was daebak! The crowd was a little chaotic in front of Best Buy, but it was understandable. I really wanted to get Yuri to sign on my YulSic’s photobook, but unfortunately Best Buy staff said to use “The Boys” booklet only. The staff was totally friendly and cute. They climbed on ladders to film and take pixs of the girls. I doubt they really knew SNSD in the same way we did, but they got caught up in the moment. It was cute.
Tiffany was the first person to sign, and on from there. OMG! SNSD really made good eye-contact. They really looked directly at you attentively as if they were listening to something very important. It was really sincere, friendly and warm. Technically all of them aren’t very photogenic, they look 100000000000 times prettier in real life. They were glowing! So damn gorgeous, all of them! They all thanked us for being there, but I froze on the spot… lol… To Hyo, I said sorry about hearing her mentee left, she didn’t understand though. haha! She smiled sweetly, so SooYoung saw me all nervous and smiled too… lovely smile and greeting… lol
Since I performed so horribly, couldn’t speak to them right, I decided to ask them for handshake instead. I forgot whether it started at SooYoung or Yoona, I believe YoonA though… I couldn’t remember much what was going on, except their pretty faces… sorry I was kind of on cloud 9 at the time. But yes, I SHOOK HAND WITH SNSD!!!! Keke!
I remember Taeyeon and Yuri very well though. Taeyeon’s hand was cold, I was sad. I put down a small 3 peas in a pod on the table. She was surprised but chuckled / giggled almost immediately as well. I almost could see her eyes sparkled. Ah… how did it feel… Well, I guess… having a debut and fansign for the first time outside of Korea, and it was also in America, the girls didn’t know what to expect. However, when Taeng saw the peas, I felt as if she recognized that familiarity among the Asian and American fans. Ah peas again… We’re all the same, we love her the same way. I felt as if the peas put her at ease for that one brief moment. That moment was really special to me.
Yuri was the last one… my bias!!!! I didn’t remember if I shook her hand, I don’t think so… I put down a Mickey Mouse wearing Chicago tee. She pointed at it immediately. She asked me something really softly, but I couldn’t understand… It was either… Were you from Chicago or trying to figure out “Chicago” as “O” was a Mickey Mouse’s face, it could’ve confused her. Whatever it was, I told her I came from Chicago. I flooded her with English – random stuff… I like you the most.I can’t wait to see Anna! You’re so pretty! Thank you! Something along that line… she was really warm to me… kept bowing, smiling and thanking and more bowing and smiling, so was I…I had the longest exchange with her… she appeared so grateful… My Yuri was beyond beautiful!!!!!!!!! I ran out the place in excitement that I forgot if I shook her hand, forgot to stay back to wait for them to leave Best Buy…… lmao!!
The friend next to me got a cold stare though. lmao!!! Honestly, I wanted to feel bad for her but it made me felt so good. Hahaha! Sorry! Hahaha My friend saw Yuri more than me as she stayed longer.
Later that night… When my friend and I left for dinner and shopping, I opened the door and 3 people were right in front of my room… I nodded/ slightly bowed to the staff who was on the phone to acknowledge her presence. (If I don’t say “hi,” that’s how I greet people whether I know them or not.) I saw the back of a girl entering the room right across… It was probably SeoHyun as I later learnt it was her room. I also had a quick look of the girl on the floor. I believe it was SooYoung, but I wasn’t sure for I didn’t want to stare at them. My friend and I just went on with our personal business.
When we returned and approached the elevator, I saw Hyoyeon, Taeyeon and the staff at the elevator. Hyoyeon didn’t notice us, because she was playing happily on her phone. Man that girl was tiny! Haha! As for Taeng who stood closer to me, our eyes met, we were really calm and collective. I nodded / slightly bowed to greet her, and she politely returned a bow as an acknowledgement… She probably had no idea how hard it was for me to contain my excitement. OMGGG!!! Kim TaeYeon met me at the eyes and greeted me!!! haha! I love her soooo much! I wonder if she recognized me from the fansign. Anyhow, we stood there for a little bit, I remember thinking how she was kind of tall cause of her heels. We could’ve gone up using the same elevator, but we didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, especially when we shared the same floor. We waited for the next one.
Among my group, I left the earliest … 4 AM on Friday. I had work on Friday. When I left the hotel, one of SNSD’s rooms was still awake. They were chatting all loud too. Was it Yoona preparing for her early flight? I was so tempted to scream “SNSD – I’m leaving!!!” but I didn’t…
Even though I didn’t run to SNSD as much as my friends, the trip was overall a success for me. Yuri always gave me the best fan service, thank you! Jessica is really playing hard to get! Let’s meet next time! Taeyeon has always been my 3rd bias, but I’m in denial, too afraid to love her as YulSic… That means I have to buy merchandises in set of 3, instead of set of 2… hahaha! (3 notebooks, 3 photo cards, 3 caps, 3 Vita bottles, 3 Spao Tees, 3 key chains, you got the point.) I don’t think I can afford Taeyeon… However, my love for Taeng has been growing exponentially the last several months, I don’t think I can resist for long. I just adore her so so so much! Every little thing she does make me happy, ahhh! Wonderful trip! Thank you SNSD!
[Fashion King] What I got so far about Choi Anna (very roughly)…
Anna (Kwon Yuri) is an attractive young designer. She and Jaehyuk(Lee Jehoon) used to be an item but they were forced to seperate by Jaehyuk’s side. Anna then went to the U.S. to work in the fashion industry where she had to fight her way against discriminations and they finally accepted her there. She got to work under a world-famous designer and tried to use her position as a way to the top but it wasn’t easy.
Anna and Jaehyuk met again in the U.S. and were offered to work together. Even it was paindul for her to work with him, she determined to get him back, so she had accepted the offer. It seemed like a new start for the couple but Jaehyuk resisted. All he cared about now was Gayoung (Shin Sekyung). Out of desperation, Anna turned to Younggul (Yoo Ah-in) and ended up falling for him.
Anna doesn’t sound spoiled or obnoxious as I expected. That’s a plus! But uhm, Anna leaves for the US, does it mean she’s fluent in English or at least is required to speak in English at one point or another? lol!! … Oh my god Yuri! She must be freaking out! haha!
I guess now I need translation Younggul’s storyline, since he supposes to like Gayoung too. I want someone to love Anna too……. I’ll love her.
Based on this story line, Anna might not show up as much at the beginning since she’s away in US, while the other 3 build their relationship in Korea? Can’t tell how they’ll pace the drama… I hope for something quick, love at first sight for instance so Yuri can appear as soon as possible.