Posts Tagged set dressing

Going Crazy – Kan Mi Youn’s stalker fantasy

My current music video crush is a kind of odd one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

Kan Mi Young - classy version

To be honest, from the opening strains of this song (the sounds of Lee Joon of MBLAQ literally straining as he’s bound to the pretty iron work headboard of the woman’s bed) I was a bit apprehensive…that I would like it.

And the fact is the fantasy-sequences of the storyline with Lee Joon are gorgeously set. I get quite impatient with the space-age dance shots, frankly, though she’s cute and the dances are fun.

The sepia tones play up the black-and-white romantic film themes, while the vintage ambiance adds to the surreality of the storyline. Of course, the formalwear wins tons of points from me as well…

However inappropriately deployed.

 

Ahhh, miniRain. Fulfilling all the noonas’ needs for picturing a different sort of exploitation film.

 

An interesting detail is that though while he’s only tied with handkerchiefs (and later, rope), she has actual chains accenting the body of her dress. Symbolism of her own deeper issue? Or just thematic accessorizing?

Anyhow. The dressy glamour of it is quite acceptable, especially since it’s a real wacko-dreams concept.

 

Her “Paparazzi” video is more fun, though less classy, with SS501’s Kim Hyung Jun comically evading a girl in a series of vintage/retro girl-next-door costumes. A theeeeme? She’s pandering to us, I think.

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PROTECT THE BOSS HAS SUBS

I will go knit sleeves on my sweet-loli-kodona sweater while I watch it

but first:

I did already see enough to screencap some truly awe-inspiring sets we’ll be spending time with…

it's perfect that they've decided he's the one chaebol to live at home. Esp. since he's so hen-pecked

I love how much space there is. This is a theme–in fact, this house Chaebollie resides in kind of reminds me of the Taiwanese drama concepts of rich-people-houses, which tends to involve lofted ceilings (the ultimate waste of space and antithesis to most Asian housing, not to be rude) and useless objects d’art.

this grand dame is someone's granny at least once every year, but I don't mind, because she is awesome.

The living trees are something I saw a bit of in Lie To Me, being used well, but here they’re on a completely different scale. I love the “eco-grandeur” of even the office. I don’t know what this company does, but it believes in SCALE

this is like a Belle's Library room, except without the books to make it friendly. What is this room for?

what IS that on that museum-wall? action figures? That would make sense and also, be hilarious.

The whole company building feels a bit more like a modern-architecture-showpiece museum than any kind of industry center. Which is really kind of neat.

Also, I think some of the set pieces are also from City Hunter, which makes me feel a bit at home…

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City Hunter – using the HD screen for good and eeeevil

This is a show set firmly in the 2kteens.

In a way, it must be horrible for actors to have to be on-target facially to such a high definition. Lee Min Ho does not have to cry over this, though.

I mentioned toward the beginning of the series that costumers know they have a good thing when he’s under their hands. I notice, in my screen caps, that there’s a lot of black, of course … and also hues of baby blue. It’s kind of in metro fashion these years, but it’s also definitely a good color on him.

Since there is almost no softness to his figure and features, the gentle colors don’t take away any masculinity.

EVEN if you put him in lace-texture blouses, too.

(I noted how they didn’t cop out on his sick-pallor makeup for several episodes after he got shot, and then again after being gassed. In looking back over the recaps I’m reminded how awesome that little detail is.)

Something else I’m seeing even more clearly from my screencaps is the introduction of warm, pinkish tones when NaNa is on the scene. I noted at the time the strong, but romantic light in this scene:

It’s true to the very high-intensity light of the rest of the show, but softened by the contrast of red phone and bright blouse, and a small diffuse effect.

But it’s not just in warm moments that this is true, actually.

Even if it’s Lee Yoon-Sung wearing maroon in the shot, can you deny it?

It’s a color that looks well against the sky and steel blues of most of the rest of the show, yet has a very distinctly different vibe.

You may also note (in upcoming photos, and previous ones) nature colors of wood and greens are the others to temper the black and glass-clear tech of this show’s 2011. Sky blue is noticeable in lightening the mood, because it has more green and yellow notes in it than the powdery or clear colors elsewhere.

So hot it BURNS.

 

…of course I’m talking about that jacket, what else?

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All City Hunter, All The Time

60.

That’s how many screencaps I have of this show. Usually it’s more toward 30 total, but you know…

this was just a gorgeous show. The shots, the sets, the people. Any time the beats of the scene were going to be a little slow, they plopped it in a place with visual energy.

It’s really not surprising me at all that I took that many without really trying too hard. This is probably only a handful of episodes worth. The story is so absorbing I plumb forgot most times.

Just as Myung Wol the Spy (my new favorite flavor of crack) is working the rebellious energy of the Eric/Han Ye-Seul pairing, Nana and Yoo Sung are both eager-to-please, dedicated people with a taste for danger. It’s not just chemistry of their clear-lined looks. Their characters, and the actors behind it, have rapport.

I’m going to be so sad when this show is over. Since it’s never for a minute bored me, though, I’ll probably be rewatching it someday.

 

Anyway, fair warning: thematic posts on City Hunter to turn my mourning energies to productivity likely to fill the next week or so.

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Don’t Settle – more Lie To Me set choices

So I mentioned these doors right? Which, btw, you haven’t seen the half of.

The plant’s green to offset the different tones of gray even makes sense: he has a maid to water it, unlike most bachelors who would need plastic grass in their desktop Zen gardens. (Love how he holds Ah-Jung to her promise to clean up after the party DESPITE this fact. It works to show us the developing crush.)

Also, you can’t have a boring scene coming through those doors. And it says everything that needs to be said about this guy’s social status and level of taste.

Similarly, how much more hilarious is an ankle-kicking scene where the victim has to sit down in front of a wall of flowering bushes? Three times more hilarious. Let’s call them azaleas, because the caption “Taking Refuge on a Curb Among the Azaleas” is even more funny.

Of course “location” may, indeed, be someone else’s prerogative, which is the territory we’re straying into here, as is some of the more situational set-up to follow, but they mesh together to create the ambiance of the show. And whoever the storyteller is involved in putting these things together, they’re doing their job.

Pardon the screen-cap sloppiness on some of these–my focus on the sets means sometimes there are heads rolling.

Okay–this is a prime example. (Of both points X]). Raquetball as the angst-emotive sport of choice? AWESOME. First of all, it’s much more fun alone than basketball (Sang-hee’s angst-sport). It’s also the kind of upper-class elitist sport that’s just what he’d pick out. From a filming point of view, it makes a very interesting space, and that satisfying thwack resounds of anger.

Previously, he showed his snob-taste by drinking something probably quite tasty because it has color like brandy, scotch, wine, RUM (okay, probably not that) with a…plate of fruit. Somehow that looks both super aristocratic and actually fantastic.

Again, we have splashes of cobalt, the fruit’s color enhanced by the flower arrangement of white and red in the foreground. Contrast: we have some.

Food related ingenuity actually has struck me several times. Sure, we see people eating ramen all the time, but what about this cozy and enviable set-up?

I completely use books I’m not reading right now for bed-desks. Mostly coffee, but sometimes snacks, too. This and the actual work scenes are pretty much the only ones that establish Ah-Jung as kind of awesome beside the appeal of Eun-Hye-ssi herself. This shot to me says “AH-HAH, we are kindred spirits.”

Now we’re about halfway into the show I’ve accumulated a lot more looks I like to post about but for now let’s finish off with a Vulnerable Ji-Hwan Pin-Up:

See, even more color in this house by daylight! And see that kitchen set up? 1, that bar is awesome; 2, those doors are also worth noting; 3, he’s so boooored without you, Ah-Jung! The ex has practically no chance because she didn’t help him invent Cola-Kissing.

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Lie to Me – when sets outshine the suits

I’ll have to say, that I found Kang Ji-Hwan much more exciting in Coffee House. Even his somewhat split-personality fashion sense built up that picture of someone who can’t ground themselves, and though it was not quite the Suit Ideal, if I went back no doubt I’d find things to wanna steal from his wardrobe.

[Now I know I had the wrong idea about who was to end up with anyone, I need to go back and rewatch that show…perhaps skipping a bit to spare my heart. I adore Park Jae-Jung with an mindless love, when he’s completely not my type…]

In my last mention of Lie to Me I was wrong, though. There have been a couple of things catching my eye…

(So please the drama gods, this kiddo will become part of the rotating Korean Excellence Squad in dramas. Shoes notwithstanding. I’ll take one of him, and two of the vests.)

Now I’m screen capping it I’m finding that though the costumes themselves are not that innovative, there are touches to the drama that are artful. Actually, the set-dressing.

Did you see that? COLOR. In the arrogant chaebol fashonisto’s house! Stunning, right?

Actually, as I’m going over these, I’m seeing a theme of cobalt. His house is nice nuetrals, very manly but not so psychopath as most guys’ houses in K-Dramas and T-Dramas like this. (Exceptions include Coffee Prince and Coffee House. Also Boys Before Flowers, but I’m pretty sure that shoe closet says Obsessive Stalkerdom if not psychopath.)

He is so cute when he’s vulnerable. XD

I’ve got a couple other themes to talk about (who knows if I’ll get to them) but for now, leave you on this note:

We’ll talk about his pins later, but that is a supercute bow.

And look! His OFFICE TOO! Color! and cobalt. It would also be cute if he was like my dad and just got into knots over the cobalt blue glass.

I’m thinking that chandelier’d floor lamp is property of the hotel, and grandfathered in. Or I have some real questions for Ki Joon…

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