VIFF 2015: The Royal Tailor revels in visual indulgence

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      The Royal Tailor (South Korea)  

      This lush cinematic confection depicts a rivalry, set in the Joseon (Chosun) Dynasty, between the king’s long-term official tailor and a wildly talented maverick designer.

      Heavily emphasizing melodrama and overacting as it seeks to entertain, the film revels in its visual indulgence of royal fashions—and aptly so—and becomes increasingly compelling when the sartorial efforts become embroiled in political manoeuvring.