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First look at Fashion King (the movie)

Fans of the original webtoon may have been upset about the casting decisions made for the movie edition of Fashion King, but as a novice to the material (I failed to watch the poorly received 2012 drama remake, as well), this roundup of actors looks pretty appealing. The upcoming film is based on the eponymous manhwa, an enormously popular webtoon which launched on Naver in 2011, and Joo Won (Good Doctor) plays the title character, a nerdy high school student who dreams of becoming a fashion king.

The initial reaction of purists to the casting news was an uproar, as Joo Won is much taller and is built sturdier than his 2-D counterpart. But hey, they made up for it by forcing Joo Won to sport the same Spock hair! (And he works it in the preview clip!) Another source of controversy was the casting of Sulli (To The Beautiful You) as the plain-Jane, studious classmate infatuated with Joo Won’s geek-turned-well-dressed-guru, with netizens complaining that she’s too pretty to play the part.

Despite the pair appearing physically different from the original characters, I really like the cast as a whole, and the movie promises to be a fresh story (well, as fresh as a remake of a popular manhwa can be?) evoking laughter and empathy. While the first teaser is nothing more than photoshoots of the characters in the webtoon’s trademark over-the-top poses (think Zoolander), Kim Sung-oh (Records of a Night Watchman) looks hilarious as Joo Won’s fashion mentor, and I’m particularly rooting for Ahn Jae-hyun (You’re All Surrounded), the high school rival, and Park Se-young (Feel-Good Day, School 2013), our lead’s crush, as they continue to build up their acting cred.

Fashion King is directed by Oh Ki-hwan (Art of Seduction) and hits theaters in November.

Via Osen, TV Report

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Bowl cut! hahaha

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That hair is terrifying. But also sort of awe-inspiring. But mostly terrifying.

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Pretty eye aghassi ???????

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I always found Sulli and Jo Boa to have a striking resemblance with the latter being a better actress. I like Joo Won and how he immerses himself in roles. I'm glad this has nothing to do with the horrible drama Fashion King.

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Ditto. On photographs, they looks extremely alike but Jo Boa seems to come alive in videos. I adore her spark in dramas.

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Kim Sung-oh has been in so many dramas that I've watched in the past 2 years, I really like him. I somehow always end up feeling so sorry for his character. And of course Joo won, well just the best. I agree with the likely chemistry of this super cast, can't wait!

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I'm totally on board with this already thanks to those Zoolander like photos of Kim Sung-Oh. Love him -- but NOT in Night Watchman so this looks like a real palate cleanser after that.

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Does anyone know if there is an english sub of this webtoon?

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Oh yeah. Been waiting for this. I actually dig the cast. I've missed Joo-won so much! Can't wait for "Cantibile" too to get my weekly doses of Joo-won again!!!

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Hmm.. looks like my imagination is not big enough for Joo Won :( He is more of an actor than a star with certain image.

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Hmmm, this looks like it could be good. Or just funny and light.

Though, awcoconuts, despite having the same name I don't believe Fashion King the drama was adapted from this, so don't worry, lol.

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Really don't like creeper sung oh. Eeewwwe

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I thougt i was just by myself being creeped out by that guy. But I hate that guy, dont know why. Maybe because the movies of him Ive seen so far, depicted him as sooo annoying.

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Try the movie 911 Love starring Go Soo. Kim Sung Oh is endearing and rather Hot in it. It changed my image of him for the better.

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oh hi there little brother Jae Hyun. Hope you´ve grown a lot. YAAS should have been a good actor training with all the old fish

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Believe it or not, he is actually a couple of months older than Joo Won. Although, he is certainly a novice in the acting department.

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I thought park se young is the one who play the lead female who will end up with joowon.. or sulli?

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i cracked up at his bowl cut the first time i watched the trailer but he definitely is working it! can't wait for this and cantabile so i can get my joo won fix; i've been rewatching 1n2d over and over lately. kinda worried for sulli's role though because i'm not a fan of her acting.

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guys....just want to request something and I didn't know where to do this so I'm posting it here....

please change the mobile version theme of Dramabeans...it really is annoying...whenever I click, some other page like faq or contacts opens up...and I'm not able to comment easily and properly either...kindly solve this issue...

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Hmmm looks like Sulli's idea of acting studious is to frown a lot.

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Because that math problem is REALLY difficult.

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I am thrilled that Ahn Jae-hyun is actually not that young! *swoons*
Not sure about the movie though.

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LOL at Sulli as a "plain Jane" (because she wears ~glasses~). What a riot!

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Yeah, I have to say, I'm with the Netizens on that one. Joo Won is fine, but it's clear that the other lead should be quite a bit plainer. I'm OK with 'plain for TV' (aka not gorgeous, but certainly not ugly either), but this is ridiculous. Like, the webtoon character has a pretty large, square face. Sulli has a tiny face. A Eunji-type would have been a lot better. (Not that Eunji is ugly, but she's a good example of pretty-ish in a less Barbie-like way.)

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Park seyoung a badass pretty girl? Can't wait!

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awcoconuts, Thanks for the well written article, it was inspiring and powerful.

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