When I saw this list of 7 K-pop videos with amazing storylines from Koreaboo on my Facebook news feed, my immediate reaction was to check which MVs made it to the list. As I have suspected, the MVs listed were fairly new.
When I was starting out as a fan of Korean entertainment 10 years ago, one of the things that piqued my interest in the K-pop genre are the music videos that are like 8 to 10 minute-long mini-movies featuring A-list actors. The first K-pop MV that became popular in my country is the one for K.I.S.S.’ Because I’m A Girl, featuring Shin Hyun Joon (aka “Tristan” of Stairway to Heaven).
credit: Rhaf Lacerna
This MV became popular because of (1) its length (MYX oftentimes show the shorter version); (2) the fact that the music video has a storyline; and (3) the storyline is tragic, something that characterizes Korean dramas in the early 2000s as far as Pinoys are concerned.
Back then, my friend Marissa bought a DVD boxed set of classic K-pop music videos from that former haven of K-pop/K-drama merchandise in Metro Manila, My Room. She graciously lent me the DVD and like what I usually do with K-dramas at the time, I did an overnight marathon of all six discs. Which I quickly realized as soon as I was halfway done with the first disc that I popped in (which turned out to be Disc No. 6) that it’s such a bad idea because, like a dementor, it sucked all the happiness out of me. Why must everything be so damn tragic?
The first video that I saw from that collection is this masterpiece, the 10-minute historical drama of an MV for the song 나 가거든 (If I Leave) by 조수미. The MV stars Lee Mi Yeon (who is so freakin’ amazing here), Lee Jin Woo, Jung Jun Ho and Moon Geun Young in an uncredited role (yes, this MV has opening credits). If you’re the type who gets bored with super-long sageuk dramas, you may consider watching this condensed version.
Seeing that Kim Bum Soo’s Bogoshipda is on the tracklist, I naturally had to fast-forward to that track. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out that the MV did not feature scenes from Stairway to Heaven (“no Kwon Sang Woo? Whyyyyyy…?” I was a huge KSW fan then). The original MV was a mini-movie starring Kim Su Ro and Jang So Hee of Irene/Miss Mermaid and Temptation of Wife fame. Of course, at the time, I had no idea who they were.
I was delighted to discover – ok, maybe ‘delighted’ is not the right word to use when describing the feeling of watching these MVs – that most of those MVs featured Korean stars that are already familiar to me. To name a few:
불멸의 사랑 (Eternal Love) by Jo Sung Mo, featuring Lee Byung Hun and Kim Seung Woo
credits: CJENMMUSIC Official
하루 (Once Upon A Day) by Kim Bum Soo, featuring Song Seung Heon, Song Hye Kyo and Ji Jin Hee
credits: soya i
I better stop now before I bum all of us out with all these depressing videos.
But if you want to de-stress and laugh, you can always search for MVs of K-pop boy and girl groups from the ’90s to early 2000s.