Question #22: Favorite picture of your favorite k-pop group
I wouldn’t say this is my ultimate favorite group photo of BTS but it is in the top 10. I love how the stylists played with a modern-day version of the traditional Korean robe (hanbok) in the Summer Package 2019 photoshoot. They look both elegant and slick! BTS certainly has done a wonderful job promoting their culture. While I am not new to the Korean culture myself, it has still been fun doing a deeper dive and learning more. Though I admit, my favorite part has been eating more Korean food.
Question #6: A favorite k-pop song from your favorite girl group
My response two years ago would have been Blackpink’s Playing with Fire.
Now it is a toss up between (G)I-dle’s Uh-Oh and LION. I’m going to go with Uh-Oh, though:
I love this live performance, BTW. They look like they are having fun!
Question #7: K-pop song that makes you cry
I hadn’t had a k-pop song that made me cry until the release of BTS’ I’m Fine.
It’s possibly due to the fact this song came out at the perfect time. We watched Burn the Stage (docu-series and the movie) and heard their struggles. We saw BTS members breaking down and crying on stage in front of thousands.
The lyrics and choreography is very emotional – ARMY will understand. There are three distinct parts of the dance where each of the maknae line (Jungkook, Jimin and V) fall to their knees and the rest of the members picks them up. Or the part where J-Hope (the resident sunshine and positive energy of the group) motions each member up right. And of course, it’s the conclusion to Save Me from three years ago to signify their personal growth as individuals and as a group.
I still get chills whenever I watch a live performance of this song.
Yesterday, we saw videos of BTS arriving back in South Korea as they came out of the airport and into their company vehicles.
A week ago, we saw a similar scene in reverse, as they arrived at the airport to set off together (minus Jin but Jin was present on their return).
In between, we saw clues to where they were in their tweets as they sent photos of selfies and of each other. I mean it was pretty obvious… the background showed snowy mountain caps, they were all bundled up (since it is the tail-end of winter/beginning of spring over there)…
And of course, if you zoom in to the top right of the following photo RM tweeted of Jimin, you can clearly see the posters advertising ‘gliding’ in ‘Omarama’. Bingo!
It’s not official whether or not they were in New Zealand filming another Bon Voyage but I would say it’s not a far fetch guess. At the end of Season 3 in Malta, I recall a couple of members saying they would prefer to go somewhere cold.
But gliding? If that is what they were signing up to do, I can imagine not all were happy to up that high in the air! ARMY is well aware some BTS members do not do well with heights. But what an experience if they did get a chance to do some gliding!
We went opening night, August 7th, 2019, mainly because it was the only night we all had free to watch as a family. Of course, I bought an extra ticket when it first went on sale because I knew my daughter would bring one of her friends.
We arrived as early as we could, being it a work night for me, and a gathering of ARMY could be seen lining up 1hr 15min before showtime. By the time we wolfed down some theater food as a poor excuse for dinner, the line-up had grown. We hopped into the line (thankfully early enough so we knew we would get decent seats) but by the time they were scanning our tickets, the line was trailing outside the theater and into the mall entrance.
The movie, or documentary, of their Love Yourself Tour was amazing. Like their first Wings tour documentary, Burn the Stage, I felt it was very artistically done. Yet there were so many differences as we witness the growth of BTS, along with each individual members, from just a year and a half apart from all the footages shown between both documentaries.
While Burn the Stage, the movie, was more poetic, this one had a more edgier feel. You will see this just in some of the music accompaniment as they go from city to city. They do this as they talk about their memories up to date while having dinner their last night in Paris. Throughout the concert scenes and them traveling here to there, the camera follows individual members as they give an informal interview, of sorts, behind the stage, during days off, in their hotel room while they continue to work on music. There was a lot of back and forth from solo members to group scenes but they all were put together quite well with smooth transitions. I was extremely impressed with the editing.
One thing which stood out the most for me was how funny Bring the Soul was. They really captured the casual, everyday humor seen across all members. These were raw moments – all very natural. And through these exchanges of humor, we get a glimpse of how in tune they are with one another and how they truly operate as a family.
Would I watch this movie again? In a heartbeat. I might try to see it this weekend on my own. My daughter actually returned the next day to see the matinee time with the same friend who came with us on opening night. For those who do not have this movie showing where they live, there was a pre-movie Bring the Soul commercial stating you can purchase the movie through the Weverse app. So if you do not have Weverse, here’s your chance to join the bandwagon!
If we can purchase it as a one-time fee, I will be happy. I wasn’t too keen on having to subscribe to YouTube Red in order to watch Bring the Soul because I simply wasn’t interested in a YouTube’s monthly subscription to begin with. I preferred, being in Canada when we did not have the ability to subscribe to YouTube’s Red, to just purchase each Bring the Soul series for $2.49 each. And I was prepared to purchase the movie even if it was going to be around $20-25. But by then, they opened up YouTube Red to Canada… and that worked against my plan.