K-Pop is known for its incredibly produced music videos that are considered some of the best in the world. However, they are usually composed of the members of the group dancing and smiling at the camera, sometimes with a simple storyline and rarely does one have the kind of intense storyline that really grabs you and won’t let go.
For this reason, we decided to highlight and honor those music videos who left the comfort zone and took their storylines to a whole new level. The videos that could or should become movies or dramas. Without further adieu, we bring you the 10 K-pop MVs with the best storylines.
1. T-ARA’s “Day By Day” + “Sexy Love”:
It may take a while for you to watch these MVs since the two together have about half an hour, but I’m sure you’re not gonna regret it.
Placed in a future apocalyptic world, these combined music videos probably have the best storyline of the K-pop history. Dani plays a blind girl with special powers that is protected by Hyomin in the dangerous world. However, when she gets captured by the villain Jiyeon, the story takes a new path.
2. 2NE1’s “Come Back Home”:
Written as a powerful critique against the addiction to technology and social media, this music video was considered one of the best of the year by those who understood what it was trying to say.
In a future world, Dara loses her beloved one to the new virtual reality social media “Virtual Paradise”. She then joins CL, Minzy and Bom as the resistance and the four try to take down the program that is starting to control the human beings.
3. Troublemaker’s “Now” (Uncut Ver.):
When this version of Troublemaker‘s comeback MV was released, everyone expected it to be just a hotter version with more scenes of the duo making out.
However, it actually tells the story behind the original music video. Hyunseung is in fact a kind of bounty hunter that is being threatened and Hyuna knows it and wants him to stop, so that’s why they’re fighting. Make sure you watch it to find out the end of this drama:
4. Sunny Hill’s “Pray”
Considered Sunny Hill’s most touching music video, this one tells the story of a monsters who gets captured by a doctor and ends up falling in love with his assistant. The story ends in the most tragic way you can imagine and is a powerful critique of the beauty obsessions of our society.
5. BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru”
This one is probably the most tearful music video in K-Pop so if you haven’t watched it already make sure you grab some tissues before you press play.
Th story already seems sad from the beginning: T.O.P has stolen G-Dragon‘s girlfriend and they keep happening to meet each other, so GD can’t bear it anymore. However, when you find out the true reason for her decision to leave him, you can’t help yourself from crying.
SPOILER (highlight to read): If you ever watched the Japanese movie “Koizora”, I like to believe that it’s a male version of the story.
6. Taeyang’s “Wedding Dress”
Another plot twist made by BIGBANG. In this video, you are led to believe in a pretty and happy story that isn’t even close to what it looks like. Watch it until the end to know what I’m talking about:
7. K.Will’s “Please Don’t”
Yes, we love plot twists. This video is very similar to Taeyang‘s in that it also changes the mood and perception of the story at the end. However, this one has an even more unexpected ending and caused many controversies in Korea. Also, you’re a fan of “Reply 1997” I’m sure you’re gonna love it.
8. FT Island’s “Severely”
In this MV, Hongki travels back in time and is given the chance to save his girlfriend who died in a car accident, but will it have the happy ending he wants it to have? Watch it to find out!
9. MBLAQ’s “This Is War”
Even though this story has a few empty blanks that made it confusing, it would still give material for a Hollywood movie.
Lee Joon plays the role of a spy whose girlfriend (we assume she’s his girlfriend) gets shot by the enemy. He then decides to hide her with his best friend Thunder, who ends up not only falling for her, but making her fall for him. When Joon finds this out and wants to take her away, the video ends up in a tragic and unexpected way.
10. Huh Gak’s “Hello” + “I Told You I Wanna Die”
Another plot twist, this sad combination of music videos teaches a tearful lesson about friendship.
After saving a girl from commiting suicide, Huh Gak becomes her boyfriend and ends up leaving his friend, played by BEAST‘s Junhyung, alone. That decision impacts his life in a way that he would never imagine.
These were our choices for the K-Pop music videos with the best storylines out there. What did you think of them?
There are surely many other movie-like MVs in K-pop, so what other ones do you think that should have made it to our list? Let us know!
Edited by: LeighDarling