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MBLAQ – This is War: Kpop Music Mondays

January 17, 2012

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MBLAQ is back! Their new song “This is War” totally crushed our Kpop Charts, skyrocketed to first place almost instantly, and swamped our voting system (FYI, that’s why sometimes you’ll see the vote count go from 6000 to 12: the system needs to catch up to the votes). Anyhow, if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here:

For starters, it seems like the two of us simply can’t agree about MBLAQ. If one person likes the song, another doesn’t, or vice versa. We both liked “Y,” but that video never got reviewed, and since then our feelings for MBLAQ’s Cry, Mona Lisa, and now this have been split. We both feel, though, that most of the MBLAQ songs we’ve reviewed haven’t instantly grabbed us, but get better with age, like wine and other stuff that gets better with age. On a side note, what other things get better with age? It seems like things predominantly get worse with age. Hrrrmmm…

THIS IS MBLAQ

THIS IS MBLAQ

As for the video itself, it’s hard not to talk about the BEST KICK EVAR. That was like “THIS IS SPARTA! How did Thunder not explode? June kicked him in the nuts so hard they should have burst out through the back of his pants. For the Golden Globes: Most Badass Kick to the Nuts in a Kpop Video Award goes to…JUNE! Totally freaking epic.

As for our complaints, though: we didn’t have an issue with the curving bullets, which is what I’m sure some of you thought we’d complain about. It’s meant to be science fictiony, so we’re ok with that. It’s more the logic of the characters in the video that baffles us. June, though he’s got wicked gun shooting skills, is really dumb in this video. Sorry everyone! He’s not dumb in real life, of course: but his character is a knucklehead. The way he dealt with the other assassin was silly, and his feelings for the girl were completely illogical. Is there a story to the video that we’re unaware of? Did the record label give some extra explanation? Because, on its own, his relationship with the girl is really weird, and cannot stand on its own without some extra help or explanations.

Apart from the illogicalness of the video, we still think it was pretty cool, but mostly for the non-plot parts. The outfits were cool, the dancing was cool, the orchestra was a great addition, and the setting was really interesting. There should have been more of that than the story itself, in our opinion.

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of the song, you can either pick it up on iTunes or YesAsia. Woot! And, lastly, check out the bloopers for more fun. The scene where the girl defends Thunder went for a lot longer than expected and we had to cut a lot of it out.

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  1. How many freakin’ assassins are out to kill her? I thought the one chasing them was the same guy from the car… what the hell did this girl do to have that many people want to kill her? :|

    4 years ago
  2. Simon, I love your shirt! :D

    4 years ago
  3. I was wondering around tumblr and I found this blog with another explanation for the mv.

    http://otterprincelove.tumblr.com/post/15595254666/my-interpretation-of-the-mv-for-its-war

    Please give it a read, it actually makes sense and doesn’t totally discredit the storyline that we have been given. I have a feeling this is close to what the directors were aiming for? We can’t be sure and it’s certainly open to people’s individual interpretations, but I completely agree with what this person has said 100%. .<

    I absolutely love the song though! Also the mini album is absolutely fantastic! My vote for the showdown goes to Mblaq~ XD

    4 years ago
  4. like crazy

    4 years ago
  5. The dude shot himself when a girl didnt like him, I award joon the title of the biggest drama queen. Btw MBLAQ dances stand out because they add a lot of drama to it. Joon is especially good at it, but he is the King of all drama queens anyways.

    Btw, I like those slippers in the background, near the door! Plus Sunny hill’s wallpaper on ur laptop. I kno…Im a creeper.

    4 years ago
  6. haha! Did anyone notice how the bullet curves and Joon didn’t do anything to make it curve lmao!?!? I love 2 AM but Joon is the winner for this one.

    4 years ago
  7. This review feels like almost like you are ridiculing the video because there a lot of parts of the video don’t make any sense. 

    4 years ago
  8. I’m just glad this wasn’t a 20 minute mini movie.  I am so tired of those.  Six minutes in, I’m like, “I THOUGHT THIS WAS A MUSIC VIDEO!!!!”

    Rage.

    4 years ago
  9. 2AM, as much as I want to say Joon. 2AM. Their acting is like woah. 
    I know JoKwon is like the master of bringing out emotions. & Seulong’s crying was good too.Too bad they all didn’t get more emotional screen time in It’s war. :T
    Ohohoho~, I loved Joon’s kick. When I saw it I went, “Oh, that looked real!” *rewinds a million times*

    4 years ago
  10. In “The Living Daylights”, Bond decides not to shoot the girl because she is a beautiful woman. Perhaps he saw that movie the night before and thought it could happen with him? But it would have been weird having that as a flashback, so they decided that they could not have it, (because Bond didn’t see that movie… But I seriously can’t remember if he already saw her play the Cello… hmmm…)

    4 years ago
  11. dat…was a lil offensive o.o ( i was rly hopeing u would say more nice things )
    1# If u see this song in subs its about dis freind who he steals his best freinds
    gurl freind
    2# when the joon was about 2 kill da gurl he stoped probably ( dis is wat i thought when i saw dis ) dat other assassin was gonna kill him
    3# killing somebdy by a gun is not as personal as fighting directly
    so basically physical fighting  is a best way 2 get ur point across dat u hate dat person
    4# dis is war when they sing dat they mean
    ” O:< u stole my gurl DIS IS WAR BICH" XD

    4 years ago
  12. Right on once again!!!! 

    Question…are the Koreans trying to align themselves both in terms of STRUGGLE and in music creativity with the black community?  This is NOT a racist question.  I’m just trying to figure out WHY most of their MVs lately seem more like American gangsta-type MVs, going so far as to act out turf wars and such instead of a more unique type of Korean lifestyle.  I know gangs are everywhere and Korea is certainly not immune but seriously…most of the people in these groups that are the characters in these MV don’t even have a CLUE about dealing with rough, harsh, turf wars over drugs etc…like some people in American music that actually CAME from that and therefore have EVERY RIGHT to portray that in their music, if they see fit…I just always hope its to put out a positive message in the long run; but not always.   I get trying to appeal to a greater audience…but seriously…if you’re trying to appeal to the gangsta individual to begin with…the attempted depth (though coming across quite shallow) and confusion of your MVs will make their heads explode!!!  
    I LOVE K-POP but I am really fed up with these “wannabe groups” that are being TOLD (yes, I know…most of the time…the actual members of the group have little say about the MV content) what their music should be about and what kind of message to attempt to convey through some convoluted attempt at American Rap/Soul music videos.   Come on guys…give it up…get original again and get off this one.  Its already OVER!

    4 years ago
  13. Right on once again!!!! 

    Question…are the Koreans trying to align themselves both in terms of STRUGGLE and in music creativity with the black community?  This is NOT a racist question.  I’m just trying to figure out WHY most of their MVs lately seem more like American gangsta-type MVs, going so far as to act out turf wars and such instead of a more unique type of Korean lifestyle.  I know gangs are everywhere and Korea is certainly not immune but seriously…most of the people in these groups that are the characters in these MV don’t even have a CLUE about dealing with rough, harsh, turf wars over drugs etc…like some people in American music that actually CAME from that and therefore have EVERY RIGHT to portray that in their music, if they see fit…I just always hope its to put out a positive message in the long run; but not always.   I get trying to appeal to a greater audience…but seriously…if you’re trying to appeal to the gangsta individual to begin with…the attempted depth (though coming across quite shallow) and confusion of your MVs will make their heads explode!!!  
    I LOVE K-POP but I am really fed up with these “wannabe groups” that are being TOLD (yes, I know…most of the time…the actual members of the group have little say about the MV content) what their music should be about and what kind of message to attempt to convey through some convoluted attempt at American Rap/Soul music videos.   Come on guys…give it up…get original again and get off this one.  Its already OVER!

    4 years ago
  14.  think MBLAQ is the most dramatic 2AM has a more gentleman feel too it..sorry MBLAQ

    4 years ago
  15. Oh I love that you have Sunny Hill wallpaper as your laptop background. I can only conclude that you like their new grasshopper song (I know I do)…?
    About the video though, I agree totally that in k-pop dramatic spy/assasin music videos usually are way too confusing and make no sense. I know that they can do better than that but somehow they just don’t make the effort. Besides there are so many other plots they could use in their videos instead of cheesy spy/assasin stuff.

    4 years ago
  16. I definitely go for MBLAQ~
    I’m a huge fan of MBLAQ, but I couldn’t understand the story of the whole video…… was it about killing the girl or saving her, or saving her and then killing her O.O Aigoo~ Headache!
    In this video Lee joon is a dramaqueen for sure, but I gotta admit the video stole my heart lol xD

    and Simon…. you look HOT with your new glasses!
    Love you guys, amazing k-pop music Monday <3 FIGHTING!!

    4 years ago
  17. I’m never going to order an airplane ticket from MBLAQ.com

    4 years ago
  18. Love your T-shirt Simon ^^

    4 years ago
  19. Joon is absolutly the drama queen here. I am an A+ and love Mblaq and the video but it really confused me too why the heck he wants to save the girl he just wanted to kill a minute ago, so I guess he loved the girl and didn’t wanted to kill her, it musst be like in the dramas where the spy/ assasin fell in live with the girl he should kill. I’m also the opinion that it musst be the same girl as in Y ..
    but it was soo confusing but still it is Mblaq and awsome<3

    Ps. super funny music monday as always !! 
    Simon I live your glasses you look so stylish with it and martina has as always awsome hair styles wish I would haveyour hair *_*

    4 years ago
  20. Yeah, we really like Sunny Hill :D

    4 years ago
  21. Ha!  YES!  Korean hospitals are pretty damned awesome, and procedures are pretty cheap here as well.  

    4 years ago
  22. ummm…. i appreciate your time and energy for reviewing this awesome song but the drama queen’s name is Joon, Lee Joon, not June or July. :)

    4 years ago
  23. The first time i watched this MV i immediately thought about what Simon and Martina would have to say about this. And i was laughing in advance.

    4 years ago
  24. LOVE Simon’s Shirt & Glasses.  Love Martina’s hair (in all videos)!!! .> But he WAS great in Ninja Assassin…

    Lisa

    P.S. LOVE your site – I think I have seen every video & read every word on it, my husband looks at me like I am crazy with every burst of laughter!!  But TOTALLY worth the possibility of being locked up in a loony bin. ^_^ LOL

    4 years ago
  25. K-Pop assassins — saving the world, one bullet at a time.

    4 years ago
  26. THANK GOD you guys are just reviewing the video. NOT THE SONG :D Btw, does the video only have Joon as the *suck assassin? Its a lot more than that…. T.T

    But the song and the lyrics are just FREAKING AWESOME! And it matched WELL with MALCOLM X’s speech. There’s not much dance in the video, but I LOVE THE DOMINO DANCE! :D

    4 years ago
  27. i’m surprised u guise didn’t give mblaq a hard time about the bullet that traveled around the world.  i forgave the plot holes until that moment.  honestly, i laughed out loud.  i really do like mblaq & i like this song, but seriously, guise, seriously that bullet.  c’mon, ur killin me

    4 years ago
  28. omg how come…I never notice those things until u guys made a review -____-, well except for the “fighting while holdin’ a gun” -__-

    4 years ago
  29. I subscribed! :D

    4 years ago
  30. this is also how I  feel about Romeo and Juliet. I’m never a fan of stupid people killing themselves for “Love.”

    4 years ago
  31. Joon didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on Joon!

    4 years ago
  32. MBLAQ! The video was basass enough to cover plot holes for me :)

    4 years ago
  33. So now, Joon’s friend and the girl he has a crush on will have to live in constant guilt for causing their friend to shoot himself. It just seems TOO dramatic for such a short amount of time and for ZERO RELATIONSHIP to be built between Joon and that girl. This is me just ranting, and not angrily ranting at your comment! :P -M

    4 years ago
  34. Ha! Bullets don’t always win! Think about that Jet Li movie that I can’t remember the name to but had lots of ladders!! Bullets lost there :P

    4 years ago
  35. =D i love it’s war the song /dance and MV
    even though you’re wright about joon being kind of stupid (yeah it’s spelled JOON not JUNE the month XD i had to laugh so bad about your spelling XD)

    well done S&M =DDD

    4 years ago
  36. I think mblaq dances reminds me of RAIN a lot. l guess so since they under trained under him

    4 years ago
  37. What about the ticket in the end??? It looks like the same ticket JUNE throws away in Y`MV oO“

    4 years ago
  38. Martina…. Your hair was distracting me through all the video! DDDD:

    4 years ago
  39. You know why they don’t shoot, though? Because their MVs would be banned.
    I vote MBLAQ.

    4 years ago
    • Not necessarily, because he did shoot *himself*, and suicide is a big issue in Korea. They could easily ban the video because he committed suicide as opposed to shooting someone else either while protecting the girl or even killing her in terms of assassin-duties [which he apparently doesn’t have…-_-]. Shooting in and of itself doesn’t guarantee something being banned (although, it seems kind of uncertain what bans a video, as it changes to varying degrees…D: )

      4 years ago
  40. Cheese also gets better with age…..

    4 years ago