Kim Min-hee does Hwang Jini v.3
New KBS romantic-comedy series Love Marriage isn’t a sageuk, but lead actress Kim Min-hee dresses up as famed courtesan Hwang Jini for a scene in the upcoming drama.
The role has previously been enacted by actresses Ha Ji-won in the drama series and Song Hye-gyo in the big-budget film version, both pictured below. Kim Min-hee wears the gisaeng’s trademark elaborate hairstyle and elegant hanbok in these just-released stills. The similarity to previous Hwang Jinis is no coincidence; the fashion designer behind this look was also the same one who designed the hanboks for the drama Hwang Jini.
In the series, this particular scene takes place at a “couples matching party” themed around 19th-century Korean royalty. Kim Min-hee, the couples manager, dresses for the occasion and even gives a performance on a classical instrument, the gayageum, pictured below.
Love Marriage starts on August 25, and I’m looking forward to it! It may sound familiar in that it’s a trendy drama centering around opposites who attract (she’s a lively and quirky matchmaker; he — Kim Ji-hoon — is a buttoned-up divorce attorney) but I don’t care; this kind of show is usually right up my alley.