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Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« on: July 25, 2010, 06:38:10 AM »
i don't know where to post my comments re Fashion 70s. but i have to say this has become one of my all time favorite dramas. for some this is not an easy drama to watch, but i somehow found myself getting engrossed with each twist and turn. not to  mention the love angle between the leads, Dong-young and Do-mi. I likewise love Kang-hee and Jang Bin, plus the mother Yang-ja and the father, and the curly haired student, and also Jang Bong-shil.

My favorite part should be the helicopter scene the first time DY met DM in Mongkol Island, and the time both promised to stay. that was very sweet.

Is JJM close to the cast? I understand he said he's closer to Lee Yo-won than Kim Ah-joong. she's among his Twitter friends, right? how about CJM, is he close to him too and Kim Min-jung?

I find Fashion 70s a memorable drama for its beautiful story, and for reintroducing JJM to me.

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Re: Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 02:39:09 PM »
i don't know where to post my comments re Fashion 70s. but i have to say this has become one of my all time favorite dramas. for some this is not an easy drama to watch, but i somehow found myself getting engrossed with each twist and turn. not to  mention the love angle between the leads, Dong-young and Do-mi. I likewise love Kang-hee and Jang Bin, plus the mother Yang-ja and the father, and the curly haired student, and also Jang Bong-shil.

My favorite part should be the helicopter scene the first time DY met DM in Mongkol Island, and the time both promised to stay. that was very sweet.

Is JJM close to the cast? I understand he said he's closer to Lee Yo-won than Kim Ah-joong. she's among his Twitter friends, right? how about CJM, is he close to him too and Kim Min-jung?

I find Fashion 70s a memorable drama for its beautiful story, and for reintroducing JJM to me.

@cinderellala,

It is lovely to read your comments:

The same thing here - F7 picked right actors for these different roles, to make it a great drama.   hahah, I like that curly haired student, she was pretty funny...

yeah - that scene DY met DM in Mongkol Island... 

I think whenever you don't know where to put your comment - if it is a thoughtful one, go open a new topic under the right category.   Like this one, I'll suggest you to open a new thread if you write little bit more about F7.

To answer your question:

yes, from those NGs you can tell Jin Mo gets along with Lee Yo Won (she is a mom now).  Kim Ah Joong was shy and nervous when they worked on 200 PB - because he was too handsome, :) 

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Re: Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 09:22:01 AM »
Hello, it's me again. Thank you, LoveJJM for this thread. I'll try to gather all my thoughts re Fashion 70s and share more insights. it's been 2 weeks since I've finished the marathon and I'm still so in love with it.



i've watched quite a number of K-series and hardly have i come across a storyline as engaging as Fashion 70s. The plot and the subplots were woven seamlessly that I found myself searching for the name of its screenwriter, whose name Jung Sung-hee I've memorized the whole night so I won't give her (not sure if the writer's a she) the disservice when referring to her works in the future.

I specifically like the war era as its initial setting. It's not a Taekugi in terms of production design but the scenes are just as heartbreaking when the families are being torn apart. The twists are unpredictable, proving me wrong one after the other. Among the four child actors, I find the young Kang-hee as the most talented. She isn't as pretty as the young Joon-hee, but when she cries, there's something in her eyes that seems to beg for a little space in your heart.

 I remember one scene where Yang-ja climbed up the window, with the intention to take her daughter away. From the moment she was convincing Kang-hee to leave to the sequence where she saw her daughter saying goodbye to the surrogate father, Song Ok-sook just blew me away. I could hardly breathe when she was running out of the house and her daughter was chasing her in the rain. Is there anything more heartbreaking than a mother abandoning her child?

Young Joon-hee looked so adorable with that set of big round eyes. I love the way she smirked, her pouting lips and the scene where she called her mother the stepmom in Cinderella. LOL! I found myself getting so protective of her that when she woke up inside the trunk, suffocating from the lack of air, I was clutching my blanket hoping someone would finally come and let her out.

Who could ignore the classy Jang Bong-shil? I kinda disliked her in the beginning but her character eventually grew on me. The part when she looked so helpless in front of a rebelling son whose hatred for her seem to be unceasing made me wince a bit. It's always hard to watch scenes like that. Btw, I know a lot of fans would agree if I say Lee Hye-young seems to be very classy in real life. You just can not fake it.

Do-mi...  ahhh. I have so much to say about her unruly eyebrows in the early part of the series. I thought to myself, didn't they notice her thick eyebrows? I was itching to get a tweezer, no joke. It was very distracting and it also made me think they should have gotten a prettier actress. But as the series progressed, I was delighted to see her face becoming more and more refined. (I think I saw her wedding pic and her eyebrows weren't this thick! Did the production people do this on purpose?) Of course, I was rooting for her and Dong-young, all the way. I was applauding whenever she'd turn Jang Bin down, because she knew in her heart she could only love one man. I love (wait, I love this scene the most) it when they were on the beach, promising each other that they won't ever leave Mangkol Island.

Dong-young: I'm not leaving. How about you?

Do-mi : I'm not leaving too.

(hear me *scream*)


If only for this scene, I'd definitely proclaim Fashion 70s as one of the most romantic series I've ever watched.


One confession coming up.

The reason I stumbled upon this series was because of Cheon Jeong-myeong. Notice my username, cinderellala. I've just finished Cinderella's Sister weeks ago, and because I was smitten by this young man, I searched for his previous works and Fashion 70s was one of the most recommended. And so without warning, I borrowed the box set and started the marathon. But before I go to the main point, let me analyze Jang Bin first. Clearly he was the third wheel here, and I was a bit dissatisfied at how his role was written. It was bland, like he was put there to fill up a spot. (His character was vital but I'm saying it somehow felt that way when I was watching his parts.) Until the part where his right arm was injured. Oh boy, that really made me pay attention to his character. He portrayed a man in pain, literally and figuratively, to the hilt. I love how CJM managed to draw so much attention with his brand of acting. And who could forget the way he shouted in his mother's face, and when he was confronting her for abandoning him when he was little. I didn't like his persistence in pursuing Do-mi, though. But I like the way he chose to keep  his bond with Dong-young out of their love entanglement.

Kang-hee. I choose to leave this character second to the last. As I feel so much for her. K-series don't make me cry that easy. But as the story was coming to its conclusion, I was totally overwhelmed by the decisions she made and the tragedy she chose to accept. I cried bucket of tears in her last moments, when the irony of life was finally rendering its maximum effect. I love how on the surface she seemed to be the antagonist, (she was made to look like one even in her childhood, being exposed to the harshness of life early on, learning the ways of thievery and be corrupt in order to survive.) but as layers of the story began to peel off, it was clear to me that she is the real protagonist in the story. Easily one of the most unforgettable characters of K-dramas in my book.


As I was saying early, my interest in Fashion 70s was due to CJM. I didn't' even know Joo Jin-mo was among the leads,and prior to this, I only saw him in 200 Lbs. Beauty. It was rather a brief experience and his role in that film didn't really leave a deep impression on me.

So here I was, playing the DVD. A handsome man alighted from a chopper on a hill. Nope. I said to myself. He's good-looking, but hey, I'm waiting for CJM to appear. So there he was, talking to a thick-browed Do-mi, with his aviator shades on, hem of his trench coat swaying with the wind, and a cool smile that was actually tugging at my heart but I refuse to acknowledge. So okay, that scene was good. I moved on. Then the beach scene came, where he was exchanging promises with the girl, I paid attention to the sweetness of the moment, but I also moved on. Then somewhere along... this handsome face became an obsession. I was holding my breath each time Dong-young was in the frame. I cried with him when he was in pain over Kang-hee's impending execution. I was cheering for him to go back and find Do-mi in the end. And then I realize, I didn't fall for him in these succeeding scenes. I fell for him the first time I saw him in that chopper scene. Don't ask who I like more, all I can say is that I visit Garden every night.

What can I say? Joo Jin-mo is one effective actor. He portrayed Dong-young with the right amount of everything. He was cool, he was hot, he was the hero. He was the jerk who left the girl in Mangkol Island, and he was the apathetic dude who broke Kang-hee's heart. But he was the most misunderstood too. Read somewhere that his decision to say saranghae to Kang-hee was widely criticized.I beg to differ because I completely understood the reason behind the action. I've always believed his love for Do-mi and Kang-hee were never of the same kind. He was ridden with guilt upon seeing the fate Kang-hee was facing, and he blamed himself for intervening, leading things to end up the way they did. I also believe it was hard for him to accept that because he deprived Kang-hee of his love, it naturally led the latter to feel despair and hopeless in the end. Thus his decision to make up for all the shortcomings he had, and the self-exile after the post execution was a punishment he imposed himself because oftentimes, people dealing with guilt feel the need to pay for their actions so they can move on.


last pieces of thoughts:

I think the most important lesson in this story is, no matter how one twist the fate, it will end up exactly the way God has designed it to be. When Yang-ja forced her daughter to take the place of Joon-hee, she was intervening with fate. But in the end, it was Kang-hee who had lost everything, including her own mother's favor. But on second thought, anything that God allows to happen is considered part of one's fate. Maybe Kang-hee was destined to end up this way from the very beginning.


I appreciate the great supporting characters, especially the curly-haired student. It was really hilarious when she was being trailed by the policeman from Mangkol.

Production design-wise, it really didn't feel much like the 70s. It failed to capture the atmosphere, or the consistency of it. Dong-young was very conservative with his outfits, and so was Do-mi. Kang-hee had the prettiest dresses but sometimes it feels like she's wearing modern pieces. Jang Bin had the more 70s flavor but I guess, the stylist is the one to blame here.


I apologize for the lengthy post. I hope you guys won't mind me expressing so much thoughts, but Fashion 70s has enriched me in so many ways, made me think and rethink about a lot of things. I regret being 5 years late, but it's better than not seeing it at all. Fashion 70s has definitely become one of the classics, one of the best in my list.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2010, 07:24:26 AM by cinderellala »

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Re: Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 07:26:27 AM »
@dear cinderellala,

Thank you so much for the nice long review.  It is much easier to read now.

(Having guests at home today, will reply you tonight).

Have a good night!

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2010, 06:00:08 PM »
@dear cinderellala,

Please excuse me for being so so late - I just got a chance to update the Garden blog with your long review.  Please check it out at

http://joojinmo.org/blog/2010/08/31/fashion-70s-a-memorable-drama-by-cinderellala-philippines/

Please let me know if you want me to change anything - I can do that really quick, :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2010, 06:00:57 PM »
oh, dear Cinderellala,

Just got a chance to leave a line here:

I love the part on Do Mi’s eyebrows,  I did notice it when I watched but I was more impressed by her teeth when she smiled at Dong Young when they first met. Oh, maybe I watched the helicopter landing scene at youtube first – I was attracted by the song and got so desperate to find the drama.

Fashion 70s-NuhWaNaGeuLeeGoAhPeunSarang....
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Re: Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2010, 06:18:27 PM »
Fashion 70's OST - Hwayobi Geu Rim Ja


Fashion 70's OST - Gaseum apado


OST Fashion 70s Fly To The Sky Vietsub KST


Hope these songs remind you some of Fashion 70's, :)
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Re: Fashion 70's - A Memorable Drama - Cinderellala
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2010, 02:56:17 PM »
i love hwayobis song and i listen it everytime :)
it makes me emotional :)
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