Kpop Music Video: Day 20
Please don’t… (이러지마 제발) by K. Will (케이윌) under Starship Entertainment
K. Will, who’s real name is Kim Hyung-soo, is a 31 year old kpop star that uses his amazing vocals to keep himself relevant in a sea of super young, super talented idols. His career started in 2006 when he helped Rain, a huge kpop star, produce Rain’s second album. He gained notoriety for covering many English songs, especially Mariah Carey songs. He has acted in an online Kdrama, and he is a good dancer and rapper. While his live shows sell out very quickly, he is not featured in any of his music videos (although his latest MV “Love Blossom” contains a cameo). The common fan explanation for this is that his label does not think he is very attractive, and therefore hires actors to make an engaging plot driven music video.
His music video “Please don’t”, is extremely unusual for a Kpop music video. The theme of the music video is about unrequited love, but there’s a hidden twist. Because I don’t want to ruin it if you haven’t watched it yet, pause reading and go up to the top and watchhhhhhhhhhhh it.
*Plays jeopardy theme*
Ok, you’re back now? How was that ending? I was actually never tricked into thinking that it was the woman all along, but I wasn’t certain that it was the man. This type of theme is rare in Korea, and one that shows homosexuality in any light that is normal and isn’t degrading is especially unusual. Many of Korea’s older population believe that homosexuality is a disease brought to Korea by foreigners. That’s why I like this music video so much. It took a risk and it paid off, at least with the international fans. Now if only we could get KWill inside his own music videos.