After 30 years of serving the king, Dol-seok, the royal tailor, only has a few months left until his expected promotion. When a new tailor, Gong-jin, a designer of hanboks (traditional garbs for courtesans), arrives at the palace and finds favor from the queen, Dol-seok is terrifed.
Gong-jin’s avant-garde designs open the eyes of the royal family, and Dol-seok feels both envious and insecure. As the two tailors duel to create masterpieces for two rival queens vying for the king’s favour, the audience is treated to a visual feast of gleaming golden embroidery and flowing gowns that bloom like flowers.
Unburdened by conventional historical elements, The Royal Tailor is a thrilling story of struggles foreign yet familiar, with a refreshing focus in style. -JK
Lee Won-suk is a graduate of Boston University and Art Center College of Design. In 2013, his critically-acclaimed directorial debut How to Use Guys with Secret Tips appeared at Reel Asian and numerous other festivals. The Royal Tailor is his second film.
New York Asian Film Festival 2015
Udine Far East Film Festival 2015
Fantasia International Film Festival 2015
Vancouver International Film Festival 2015
Audience Award, New York Asian Film Festival 2015
Crystal Mulberry Award, Udine Far East Film Festival 2015
Internet Award, Udine Far East Film Festival 2015