Flashback: K-pop music videos.

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. :sad: Why must everything be so damn tragic? :cry:

The first video that I saw from that collection is this masterpiece, the 10-minute historical drama of an MV for the song λ‚˜ κ°€κ±°λ“  (If I Leave) by 쑰수미. 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.

credits: μ΅œμ •μš°

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. :boinkself:

credits: 이우혁

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:

뢈멸의 μ‚¬λž‘ (Eternal Love) by Jo Sung Mo, featuring Lee Byung Hun and Kim Seung Woo

credits: CJENMMUSIC Official

ν•˜λ£¨ (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. :wall:

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. :hihihi:

What a year we’re having.

Reading all the year-in-review articles for 2014 would totally blow our minds, especially with Korean entertainment.

We had scandals – as in real scandals and not just “dating scandals” – involving top Korean stars.

Dating scandals? Yep, we have that, too. Lots of it.

Many Kpop groups suffering from members suddenly deciding to leave, getting kicked out, or simply disappear.

And just now, a top idol from a top Kpop boy group has announced that he’s getting married before the year ends.

The year is not even over yet. Can we still handle the last three months?

“The Queens” poster +trailer.

Are you guys ready? Here’s the poster and trailer for Song Hye Kyo’s other Chinese movie, The Queens (aka. I Am Queen).

credits: Rachelrll1105 at YouTube

I wasn’t expecting anything as far as this movie is concerned, so I was pleasantly surprised that it looks glossy and sophisticated. :clap: It’s the directorial debut of Annie Yi, and it looks pretty good for a first-timer. I’m excited to see this!

Now I understand why Hye Kyo would opt to accept more movie projects in China. So far, all her projects in China accord her the utmost respect as an actress. At least, no one can say that she’s in China just for the money. No cheap projects for this lady! :thumbup:

It kinda bugs me, though, that this movie will go head-to-head against Rain’s For Love Or Money. I hope both movies do well at the box-office.

As for the numerous “SHK will have a bed scene/hot kissing scenes?? OMG! NOOOooo!” reactions… what, they’ve never seen Hwang Jin Yi? Or All In? OK, maybe they haven’t seen those as those projects are either old, or have leading men whom they do not ship with her, but what about Worlds Within or Love For Sale? Even My Girl and I had a hot kissing scene.


This is sorta :offtopic: but I just couldn’t help but drop one last reaction to the topic of SHK’s tax scandal.

[Netizenbuzz] Petitions to also out Song Hye Gyo from the industry surface online

I could understand the petition for Lee Byung Hun’s ouster. He’s had so many unforgivable scandals – yet the industry chose to forgive, forget and move on – that this last one is like the straw that broke the camel’s back. But I could never understand why people would go at great lengths to strip Han Hyo Joo and Song Hye Kyo of their livelihood when what they did – or did not do – is not nearly as despicable as what some others did. It was Han Hyo Joo’s brother who was at fault. Why should she suffer for it just because she’s related to him?

As for Song Hye Kyo, I’ve said this a gazillion times before and I’ll say it again: she has already settled her case. In taxation, the taxpayer is allowed to settle the case off-court because truthfully, no one wants to get embroiled in a messy and costly lawsuit. In her case, she not only paid her dues, she chose to pay EVERYTHING including interest and penalties, without any disputes. The tax agency has already closed the case. I think the fact that a lot of people, Korean and non-Korean, still thinks that she should be put in jail despite the settlement that the government has allowed and accepted two years ago only shows that a lot of people really do not understand how taxation works. But they have to say something, and the only thing that they can say that *somewhat* sounds like they know what they’re talking about is, “tax evasion is a crime; she should be put behind bars.”

What-ever. :rolleyes:

Also, no petition for Kim Hyun Joong? Really??? :kilay:

Today, in a nutshell.

Today, I went to the South Korea embassy to submit my visa application.

Travel time from my house to the MRT: approx. 45 minutes
MRT ride from North Avenue to Guadalupe: 30-35 minutes (surprise, no queue and the train is not packed like expensive sardines!)
Time spent looking for an FTI/Tenement/C5 jeepney: 25 minutes
Time spent before the jeepney was able to escape traffic at Guadalupe Market: 35 minutes (!!!)
Jeepney ride from Guadalupe to the South Korea embassy at McKinley Hill: 15 minutes
Time spent to have my document intially screened and get a queue number: 3 minutes
Time spent waiting for my queue: 1 hour and 5 minutes (with some entertainment on the side :naughty: )
Time spent at Window No. 3 to submit my application and get a claim stub: 10 seconds. Yes, SECONDS.
Taxi ride from the embassy to Farmer’s Market, Cubao: a little over one and a half hours
Time spent to grab a quick lunch: 20 minutes
Time spent at National Bookstore to buy books 2 and 3 of the Maze Runner trilogy: 37 minutes :grin:
Time spent waiting for a bus to go back to my office in Bulacan: 45 minutes :aargh:
Travel time from Cubao to Bocaue Exit: less than 40 minutes
Time spent waiting for the damn jeepney to move from Bocaue Exit: 5 minutes
Jeepney ride from Bocaue Exit to Bocaue intersection: 2 minutes
Time spent waiting for the damn jeepney to move from Bocaue intersection: 7 minutes
Jeepney ride from Bocaue intersection to Balagtas: 5 minutes.

I wasted so much time today. :wall: