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The stars of King’s Face at production press conference

King’s Face premieres in less than a week, and the cast of KBS’s fusion historical drama gathered for its production press conference on November 14. That included Seo In-gook as the future king Gwanghae, Lee Sung-jae as current king Seonjo, Jo Yoon-hee as the woman caught between them, Shin Sung-rok as a face reader (how does he have the time, when he’s also doing Liar Game?), and Kim Gyu-ri as Seonjo’s scheming concubine, who wants to make her son the heir to the crown.

The drama’s subject matter is plenty interesting on its own, but a lot of the attention given to this series thus far has been in regards to behind-the-scenes production issues—namely, a legal dispute between KBS and the producers of the hit sageuk film Face Reader, which alleges plagiarism against the show. It was therefore one of the issues addressed at the press conference, with the drama’s PD, Yoon Sung-shik, reiterating the KBS stance that while the two projects have similar concepts, the stories themselves are quite different.

The court did in fact last week rule that the drama wasn’t a plagiarization of the film, which makes sense on one hand (the movie was about Suyang, the drama’s about Gwanghae) but also is curious given that KBS seemed to be promoting the connection early on, before it was hit with the lawsuit. The movie was an entertaining, fast-paced blockbusters so perhaps they wanted to claim some of that mojo, but they had to quickly backpedal and have since been insisting that there’s no connection. PD Yoon said, “When [the producers of] the movie Face Reader filed their complaint, I was baffled. If using the same subject material is plagiarism, then all dramas that are about Gwanghae are plagiarized. I don’t think the movie has sole rights to use the topic of face reading. That’s why I believed we would win the lawsuit.”

He added, “The drama is completely different from Face Reader as well. We have used face reading as a topic, but it’s not a drama about face reading. We want to talk about what makes a king a king of the people. Once the series airs, you’ll be able to see for certain that it’s different from the movie.”

Seo In-gook is making his first foray into sageuk with this role, and noted how much more difficult it was to express the emotions in this role than in modern-day dramas, and thanked his hyungnim Lee Sung-jae for helping him along. Lee said that he thinks Seo makes a better actor than singer, and told him as much: “Personally I felt that his acting side felt stronger. From our very first meeting I could feel that his passion for acting was extremely strong.”

I’m so used to seeing Lee Sung-jae in detestable (or at least unlikeable) roles, but I know he’s also capable of bringing nuance to a role, and I expect (hope) to see that in the conflicted father-son relationship here. He explained that his Seonjo isn’t a simple antagonist who spits out evil becahse he hates his son, but that he’ll have a mix of emotions that are expressed amidst bouts of madness.

Jo Yoon-hee gets to dabble in some cross-dressing since her character dresses as a man, and she felt it suited her boyish side. I know in these pictures she looks completely feminine, but I agree that she has an unexpected tomboyishness that goes contrary to her looks; she chopped off her hair for a complete image change in You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly and turned that into a breakthrough role, which she continued as the spunky reporter in Nine. When she mentioned being helped by Lee Sung-jae, Seo In-gook leaned in and joked that Lee would drop in on her shoots and not his own, so he got jealous of his hyung’s attention. That’s cute.

This is also Shin Sung-rok’s first sageuk role, enjoying a nice run of heightened popularity following You From Another Star. He promised to show a different side of himself in King’s Face; while I’ll look forward to him not playing yet another mastermind or murderer lest he get typecast as such, I have to admit he’s so delicious as that kind of antagonist that I don’t even mind him repeating in that category.

Kim Gyu-ri admitted that for her villainous concubine role, “I think I’m going to get cursed at a lot this time. It’s pretty hurtful to weather a lot of curses, and in the past I would avoid those roles. But now I’m thinking that if I am going to get sworn at, let’s do it really properly.”

Ratings-wise, it’ll be interesting to see if the tables flip once King’s Face premieres. The ratings all across the board (even including cable shows) have been in a bit of a slump all year, and it’s been sad to see that even first-place dramas haven’t even broken double digits in some cases. But things may finally start to be looking up, with SBS’s and MBC’s newest dramas, Pinocchio and Mr. Back, looking like they may gain momentum; perhaps it’ll make it difficult for KBS to jump in late. On the other hand, it’s got nowhere to go but up, since Iron Man, which just ended this week, dipped all the way down to the 3% range. (It was sad, since I enjoyed the show through the end, but perhaps a little too out-of-the-box for mainstream audiences.)

King’s Face will launch on Wednesday, November 19.








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Who are the boys' stylists and can they be fired immediately? The suit on Seo In-gook might be ok if he was wearing a mono-color shirt under it but the suit over the same printed panel is awful, and the red shiny hankerchief does not work (particular with the much darker red shoes). And Shin Sung-rok manages to look frumpy in those pants. As we've seen in Liar Game, the man looks fantastic in a fitted suit - what have they done to him?!?

Meanwhile the women are in solid white and black.

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Hehe...I was thinking the same. They are probably sponsored. Either way, if I was them, I would wear my own clothes instead. Or have them tailored.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one. Haha... SIG's suit bothered me and so did SSR's pants. Way too short. And because of that the group photos looks weird.

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Thank goodness someone said it. I was scrolling through to check if it was really as bad as it looked in the first image... I think it was actually worse! That suit! It's not een a proper brown and who puts a floral black and white shirt underneath!!!!

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You're right. His "matchy matchy" shirt and suit coat makes him look like he's wearing a bed spread--or curtains.
You KNOW clothes are a distraction when you notice them before you think about "am I going to put this on my must see list?"

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Just because it's not our personal style doesn't mean it's not fashionable. It's meant to be more fashionable than what we consider wearable. I don't think their outfits are that bad but Jo Yoon Hee's outfit is a borefest.

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my thought exactly the same @Ella

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wah @TG, u really do care for SIG/SSR, dont u? lol.. even im bothered (juz a lil bit) by their outfit, but still im really really really happy to see their charming face (for me personally).. hihi

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you took the words right outta my mouth.

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No Kidding. Same exact thoughts. Bad Clothes make even the good looking look drab. Seo in Guk's suit is the worst of all! Just really? What were they thinking? They all minus the girls look like clowns!

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dang it! fire the stylist, now!
SIG was always so dapper in suits and now this!?
Pinstripe in killer mono mode?!
guess he didn't check himself in the mirror or just too tired to care, he trusted those people to make him look good and this happens. Arrrgh, no way out of it, let's just look at his handsome face.
And Shin sung rok's outfit was weird,too, a total mismatch from top to bottom,major cringe.
Lee Sung Jae looks like a high school teacher fresh from his Algebra class.
I'm not a fashionista but whatever hurts my eyes can't be good.

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Hahaha, you are right. The print suit looks so comical. SSR pants looks like they ran out of cloth when they tailored or didnt do the right measurement. No color coordination in the group. What a shame when they are all so good looking.

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I hope this is as good as I am looking forward to it being.
I like Shin Sung-rok because he is so different and not the same old type of acting and that adds a lot for me to watch.

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+1 .. really hope this is as good as im looking forward to.. pls be good..

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SSR is the epitome of evil.

Even if he's not the villain in this show, he'll still do something terrible like spike poison in the crew's drinks...

I get scared when he smiles. What is this devil planning?

:p

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LOL! I guess you are scarred for life, when it comes to SSR :-)

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only going to watch this drama because of seo in guk's awesome acting, loved him in high school savvy

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+1
plus his realtionship between him and lee sung jae has convinced me to watch this drama :)

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another +1
am really looking forward (curious) how well the chemistry btween him n his co-star n other casts as well
+ am really wanna see how he potray prince/king gwanghae

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Looking at the group pic reminded me that kim gyuri and Jo Yoon Hee were in the same drama 'Scandal: schocking and wrongful incident' fighting over Kim Jae Won last year!

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I am hoping that Seo In-gook doesn't get stuck only in historical roles. He will do well in what ever he does and I absolutely have LOVED him in all of his roles. That still being said... I hope he doesn't get stuck only doing historical roles!

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Seo In-gook is so adorable he can make that suit look good. Imma watching this for him, as for KBS I hope they learned a valuable lesson.

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Shin Sung-rok??? I didn't know he was in this, I am so there! The minute I get enough time to watch this that is.

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Worst dressed drama press conference ever!!! Yes that includes the girls too! ?

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Seo In Gook: Pinchy-pinchy-pinch!

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hah..he is really adorable right..

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