Fans of the ongoing tvN drama "Melting Me Softly" have taken note of the drama's surprisingly earnest attention to period fashion. The main characters of "Melting Me Softly" were frozen for twenty years, and portions of the drama taking place in the past day have shown strong fidelity to the fashion of 1999.
The effect is most pronounced with supporting actor Lee Hong-ki, with round parted hair that covers parts of his face, granting a peek a bang effect. He has also sported a silly looking checkered shirt. Though such fashion looks ridiculous today, it was popular in the late nineties, giving his scenes a very authentic look.
The other actors are not quite so explicit in their approaches, but an emphasis on hair bands, large goofy glasses, and bandanas, among others, has given the drama the look of late nineties Hallyu Wave films. Or at least, it does for the scenes taking place in the past. "Melting Me Softly" airs on Saturday and Sunday on tvN and recently hit ratings of 3.2% in that timeslot.
Written by William Schwartz
"Melting Me Softly" is directed by Sin Woo-cheol, written by Baek Mi-kyeong, and features Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah, Yoon Se-ah, Chae Seo-jin, Yoon Seok-hwa, Im Won-hee. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/09/28~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
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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