Tags: costumery


"You can tell he's an epic warrior because he jumps off his horse and shoves it at the enemy"

Ah, Korean historical costume drama... so much crazy crammed into.... well, it's actually quite a lot of time. Time and hair ornaments.

Also the Hwarang ("Flowering Youth"). Who were an actual historical thing: a group of noble-born young men who were trained in fighting and ethics and poetry and the appreciation of nature and so on.

Comically stupid servant girl:* They are so pretty! And they were all in the shrine, painting their faces! I peeked!
The king's young pregnant wife: Wait, what? They were what?
CSSG: Face-painting! I'll show you!
TKYPW: Ohnoes! Don't you know anything about the Hwarang? They only paint their faces when they are GOING INTO BATTLE!!!!

Hwarang: This is some very fierce blush!! Rarrrr! This eye shadow? Absolutely vicious!!!

TKYPW: They want to be sure that they will still look pretty, even in death!

Me: Okay, I can see that; that's actually interesting, and the take on masculinity and fighting; very interesting... but I have one question. You put your hair up and get it out of the way... and then you go with the long dangly silver earrings? Because that just seems to be asking for trouble...

*No, really-- if this were "Iron Man," she'd be following Robert Downey Jr. around with a fire extinguisher; she's that kind of comic relief character. Works in her favor sometimes, though; when she has to sneak a Plot-Relevant Secret Baby out of the palace when it's in lockdown, she's freaking out so badly that she keeps trying to hand the baby off to the guard who catches her... which makes him assume she's trying to avoid scandal, so he sternly tells her, "You play, you pay!" and shoves her out the gate.
Medieval Lady

Aloha update!

Five things make a post...

1) The airline safety video's reassurance that a water landing is 'highly unlikely' just doesn't quite sound as reassuring when its saying that as the plane heads out over the Pacific.

2) It is really amusing how many folks brought their spouses and/or families with them for the duration of the program. I mean, the two whose husbands have legitimate research-y reasons for being here are one thing; the three people who brought spouse-and-baby make sense, I guess, sort of.... the guy who is here with his wife and four kids age six and under would probably have been beaten senseless with a bassinet if he'd tried to take off and leave her alone for over a month. Winner is still the guy who has managed to arrange his wedding in conjunction with being here.

3) I have managed to catch some episodes of a couple different live-action Japanese, Chinese, and Korean dramas on TV, with subtitles. Soooooo over-the-top. And the historical ones, I keep getting distracted by the amazing hair ornaments (there's a fantasty one, with evil scheming villainess, hapless king and queen, spunky princess, comic relief guards, brave captains.... cast of thousands, plus a very silly-looking official royal seal shaped like a turtle).

3a) Yeah, the plotbunnies are lurking.

4) Surprising feral cat population is occasionally noisy does not care what you think was a surprise.

5) Eee, amazing program full of fantastic brain-stretching stuff. *grin*

(yeah, more substantive posts anon)