Actress Kim So-hyun recently saw a spike of activity on her Instagram account due to activity relating to a picture she had posted. In the picture that was posted over the Lunar New Year's holiday, Kim So-hyun can be seen wearing a costume from "River Where the Moon Rises" where she stars as the leading actress. Chinese commenters claimed that she was wearing a traditional Chinese outfit. Korean commenters then angrily replied that this was a traditional Korean outfit.
The accusation was not completely unfounded. Screenshots of "River Where the Moon Rises" compared with some Chinese historical dramas shows some marked similarity between the costumes. However, the company responsible for the costumes of "River Where the Moon Rises" has asserted that they are indeed providing historically accurate Gogoryeo era costumes.
Purportedly, the apparent similarity with Chinese traditional dress and dissimilarity with Korean traditional dress is due to "River Where the Moon Rises" being set during the Gogoryeo era rather than the Joseon era. This has resulted in the drama having a different look compared to most South Korean historical dramas. "River Where the Moon Rises" had ratings of 9.7% in its second episode which aired on February 16th.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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