‘Train to Busan’ costume designer is part of ‘Kingdom’ | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Kim Sang-ho as Crown Prince’s guard
Kim Sang-ho as Crown Prince’s guard

The setting is Joseon era.  The subject matter is zombies.  The latter is reason enough for multiawarded costume designer Gweon Yu-jin to work on the Korean drama series “Kingdom.” Gweon has previously worked on the hit zombie flick “Train to Busan.”


“I’ve almost done film only throughout my career.  I really wanted to join the project because of the zombies, he said during a set visit at the KOFIC Namyangju Studios last year.


They were shooting some of the scenes of “Kingdom” when Super visited.  The costume designer came took a break from the shoot to answer questions from the international press.  The person in charge of dressing both the royalty and the zombies talked about his work calmly.


“My focus is not on the zombies.  They were people before they became zombies. Once they were like you and me.  I wanted to depict them as beautiful and human.  It was only when they became zombies that they lost their humanity.  They became filthy when they became zombies,” he said in Korean.

Kim Sung-kyu as Young-shin

He even had an answer  to a cheeky question about why zombies are dirty.


“They are dirty because zombies no longer change their clothes,” he said.


“Kingdom” is the second Netflix Original Korean series.  The first one is the webtoon-based drama “Love Alarm.”  The series has an all-star cast that includes Ju Ji-hoon (“Along with the Gods,” “Princess Hours”) and Bae Doo-na (“Jupiter Ascending,” “Sense8”).


Ji-hoon is the Crown Prince who goes to the countryside to investigate the plague that has killed thousands of his people.  Gweon described that he used costume as a tool to depict the actor’s character growth in the series.


The color of the scenes is something viewers should take note of when watching “Kingdom.”  Super was told that only kings and royalty can use the colors red and gold.  The common folk can only wear white and brown.  Thus, differences in social class were depicted mainly by the fabric colors and quality.

For your K-drama fix, follow Super K!

READ: Visiting the zombie infested ‘Kingdom’

Find out the details that the art director paid attention when they were shooting “Kingdom.”

READ: Ju Ji-hoon is fit to be the next king

No aegyos, just pure attitude.  Ju Ji-hoon plays the character of the crown prince once again.

READ: Be afraid of Bae-Doona

Actress Bae Doo-na is the ace of “Kingdom” for a reason: she kicks zombie behinds!

READ: Baddie gets picked first

Ryu Seong-ryong is the first one to be cast in “Kingdom”.  He is the director’s only choice to play the antagonist.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.