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City Hunter OTP: not what you’d think it is

One of the things about City Hunter that I’m surprised to actually support is that while the love-line between Na-Na and Yoon-Sung took the fore in a mini-arc, once it was kind of settled, the actual mission came again to the front. Na-Na was still a major player, because she was set up as a character involved with the whole package, not just his solace in a nasty storm…

Doesn't the navy-with-red seem kind of child-like, more a little boy's suit, so he looks even MORE vulnerable here?

though very good at that, too.

The focus of the drama was all about relationshipS, a network of them, where no connection came without a couple of knots with others. Even though the action was hot, it was the pieces of this network falling together that was the primary suspense.

And so, what was the best love-line? All shades of love are involved in this drama…

..these guys are so cute with their buddy-connection...

appropriate since the denouement conflict is over choosing between the love of loyalty, blood, and altruism, too.

So then, we have  Jin-Pyo, who made him who he is, and who is his harshest enemy. His mom, who he has the sweetest, bitterest reunion with. Young-Ju, with whom he has a rivalry that pushes both of them to excellence…and the funniest dominance games.

But who brings out the best in him? The human flaws and virtues?

So this is the prettiest pairing, yes.

Not Na-Na, actually. She heightens his conflict as City Hunter, and throws him into the hyper-reality of romantic love. No, this honor goes to everyone’s favorite ajumma…

Shik-Joong Ajussi!

I mean, look at these guys.

they get the brightest backdrops, even!

They have the sweetest exchanges, in terms of every-day back and forth in a friendship. The credit-cards arguments?


Sweet nothings? More like gossip-swapping...

They’re the kind of besties that usually you only see in US chick-flicks. Lee Min Ho’s other best pairing notwithstanding…


It’s so cute, because while Yoon-Sung still feels the emotional lack of a mother, and all the ugly pressure of a swarm of fathers, Ajussi is the one who makes sure he’s living well, who gives him someone to take care of (who’s not a burden emotionally, but a real motivator to stay alive) and also a buddy who can help with whatever he’s up to.

Na-Na can keep up with the action, but Shik-Joong can be talked into doing the grunt work…

How cute is it that he’s the opposite of Yoon-Sung’s suave, plausible con man, and yet, he ALWAYS succeeds, too?

Aw. I will miss you.

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CITY HUNTER — or, Lee Min Ho means tailored coats

Do they know how to dress this boy or WHAT?

I mean, he’s wearing the Color of Hate and Filth, and I screencapped this before I even realized it.

I mean, I feel a little bad for the boy, the moment his wasp-waist goes he’ll no longer be the beloved pet of the wardrobe designers…

But I say, live in the now. As the Patron Saint of SuitFetishers everywhere.

Oh yes. And of hairless Asian chests in scoop-neck tees. That, too.

We’ll save characterizing detail posts for other days. I’ve got more City Hunter to watch…

and screencap, for your pleasure. As always.

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For the Love of Show Biz Shows

In dramas, a great way to shorthand character information is costuming.

The leads’ wardrobe can be a little dicey, in whether they’re going to be fun or not–generally, they have the more nuanced characters, and aesthetics or high fashion can be sacrificed to this end. Not to create an epic shout-out list to my favorite shows or anything, but Personal Taste’s Kae-In and Mary, Marry Me!’s Mae-Ri had oddly unattractive clothing that set them up perfectly as far as character goes, and were no fun to look at.

This show did not have that problem.

You’re Beautiful, starring my perennial treasure Jang Geun-Suk.

Oh, the mighty loff I have for you, and your range of guys-relaxing-but-still-rockstars to guys-dolled-up-for-fanconcerts with occasional sidesteps into costuming for MVs!

Let’s Talk Male Lead…

Hwang Tae-Kyung is a talented singer/songwriter with startling creative control of his boy-band (the stuff of fantasy for many a boy-idol in Korea) and a dynamic presence. He’s going to be fashionable, even if his manager has to dress him every morning, basically. BUT this star is a slightly OCD, meticulous and sharp-edged character.

He is usually more subtle than this.

The lines of his clothes are always striking, dramatic. This does the very lean, boyish figure of Jang Geun-Suk a service, as well as reinforcing his image as a snob, a somewhat high-brow man in his own right, whose fame is less a goal and more a support of his ambition in art. This also underscores his background as the child of [NOT REALLY A SPOILER MUCH] a well-to-do star [/ END NOT REALLY A SPOILER]. Their house had the oversized, with-a-maid air of the noveau-riche.

The costumers blend high-fashion suit, glam-style costume, and a unique splash of cowl-necked sweaters for his loungewear. The pictures above show off first how he favors cleric-collars (and keeping them buttoned) and then how his wardrober throws in a little instant fanservice. (Giving rise to the commentary on his “slutty blouses”.)

The grunge-edge of the band’s aesthetic, though, drives me a little out of my mind with want–see that sleeve there? No?

I have this little thing for sleeves that come down over the hands, and cuffs that do interesting things. I so want this sweater, only in a size besides Super Skinny Asian Boy (i<3u anyway Jang Geun-Suk-ssi).

See, there’s so much DIMENSION to the things they put him in. Right here, he’s relaxed, hair down (I’m serious, half the time he has it in this ridiculous top-knot) hat to  cover it like an actress on the way to the makeup trailer, in a sweater that meets his standards for his status, but also has this kind of comfy look.

But when Go Mi-Nam walks in this control and orderly categorization gets shot to all hellfires.

Which is good for us, because he’s a lot more fun to watch when he’s off-kilter, and those clean lines of his clothes get a little ironic.

This is going to be a series. I feel a little odd, catching up on old shows this way, but it’s fun to relive them via screen-capping and analyzing. More to come! We haven’t even got to the stage-togs yet.

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