For this week’s Kpop Music Monday we review TVXQ’s “Before You Go” and uncover the secrets of the NDI

To begin with, let’s just say that we almost, almost didn’t do TVXQ this week. We almost did Infinite’s “Nothing’s Over,” which had a surprisingly huge amount of votes. We knew that when TVXQ came out that we’d probably be reviewing it, but – really – they only beat out Infinite by, like, 50 votes. Ahh! Anyhow, the Infinite video is awesome, if you haven’t seen it already. You can still vote for it for next week’s Music Monday :D

Back to TVXQ’s “Before You Go” – wow! Was this ever an awesome video! We were a bit disappointed with Super Junior M’s “Perfection” last week because the video didn’t really have anything to it. Some people even commented and said that that’s just SM Entertainment’s style: get good looking guys dancing well in weird rooms. TVXQ’s “Before You Go,” though totally proves otherwise. Cool story, fight scenes, even a matrix camera! The lighting and coloring in the video was really great as well (coming from video nerds like us). All around, this is a really good video, and, when you also look at their Keep Your Head Down video, it seems like there’s a lot of money that can go into TVXQ’s movie budget.

That doesn’t stop us from noticing tiny things about it, though. One of the things we didn’t mention was the small mistake in the opening sequence, which you might not notice because it goes by so quickly. But we, whenever we review a video, look at it frame by frame, because we’re nerds like that. Ahh!

TVXQ Before You Go

Yes, we nitpick over continuity errors

Also, you’ll notice near the end of the video, when Max gets punched in the face, that he doesn’t time his reaction to the punch with, well, the punch. Guy takes punch, guy follows through with punch, but Max’s face remains in place. Only afterwards does he move his face. But we’ve got a theory as to why they did this:

TVXQ Before You Go

Max doesn't really get punched in the face, only because fangirls would kill the guy. CASSIES UNITE!

Aaaanyhow, don’t think of this as us complaining about the video. We still love the video and prefer it to most of the videos that are coming out lately. We’re…just…bored! Also, we just found out that TVXQ released the full version of “Before You Go” today, after we already filmed and edited Music Monday. It’s a whopping 16 minutes long, and doesn’t have the face-touching dance.

About what we said in our video, though: does anyone actually know what the NDI is? Like we said, we googled it to try to find out what it means, but couldn’t find any legitimate answers. We even went frame by frame in the headquarters when you can see NDI written on the walls. Below the initials there’s some fuzzy writing that looks like National Defence…something! But the internets provides us with no answers! We’re just amazed at the budget of this video: they had enough time to put those imprints on the glass? Sweet!

Ahh. So that’s it for now. As always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for so diligently translating all of our videos into Korean. Huzzah! Also, if you’re a big TVXQ fan, they just repackaged their album to include new tracks, new posters, and other things to make fangirls squeal. Before You Go is on the album as well. If you’re interested in getting it shipped to you, no matter where you are in the world, you can get it through the link below. Yeah!

Dong Bang Shin Ki - Keep Your Head Down (Repackage) (CD + Poster in Tube)

  2. in one of your previous MM you guys talked about the fact that changmin doesn’t have a superpower. Well….. this vid shows he does.
    P.S. and martina is this what you meant when you wanted to have TOP-shi during fantastic baby??

    Changmin and Jaejoong were my biases when they were together as five :)Have you guys heard of the female version of DBSK? CSJH? they’re really amazing! :D 

  4. why does this have a super junior tag??

  5. I really love Before U go! esp dance ver

  6. I don’t know if you ever figured it out but NDI Stands for NATIONAL DEFENSE INSTITUTION.

  7. another good music video that is like a movie is SG wannabe’s partner for life. absolutely great!

  8. where is the king? I’ve been into this site for 3 hours now! :( someone who can help me…

  9. for mine is TVXQ before you go it’s my favorite movie and mv in my whole life

  10. If not for CassPH’s scavenger hunt game, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon this amazing blog. Your take on TVXQ’s Before U Go is totally awesome and totally hilarious! ^^ Currently stalking your other vlogs. I love the vlog about the box and the BB cream. I might try it out sometime. :DD

    God bless! :)


    In other news, Changmin looks so good in that video hehe :D

  12. Simon, your shirt seems a little bit inappropriate. Or is it just me..?

  13. for me TVXQ Before u go

    So Cool. They really awesome

  14. you guys are HILARIOUS :))
    honestly, i wishh i could be your child (i love my mom&dad tooo) but seriously, you're both sooo funny and creattive, i can telll you guys put it soo much work into these. THANKS FOR MAKING MY MONDAYS (& wednesdays) :D
    p.s. the part with simon and the box in his shirt was SO FUNNNY hahahaaa

  15. I just love your video's they really make my day ^.^
    It's just a pity that i can't download your home made songs i find them realy cool :)

  16. Wow this video is so nice:D!! Changmin and Yunho are really great singers, and their acting is quite good too. Hey I just saw that on 8:41, NDI is National Defense Investigation.

  17. TVXQ, definitely!! Can you guy's do Infinite's Before the Dawn next week? PLEEEEEEEASE1

  18. Although I love Ga In, gotta say that TVXQ really stepped it up with this video =) TVXQ Fighting!
    I love Music Mondays!

  19. Gain > TVXQ

    Go Gain!! ^__^

  20. Ga-in's video was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo goood, its like one of my favourite music videos ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! except im really confused about whats going on though, but i still love it and the song is amazing to, the two just work together so nicely!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ga-in's hecka pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. "mafioso ass kicking cop video" ajajaajaj I love the way you said "maffioso".
    "How the heck did they miss that?" jaajajaj that was so funny. OMG I can't stop laughing..
    thank you thank you so much!!

    PD: who won the BB cd?


  22. Love the review on this one,,

    And as for which MV had a better storyline, I'd vote for Ga In~ totally awesome!!

  23. Oh you guys are totally awesome !! :DD
    I also vote for TVXQ !! :D Go TVXQ~!!! ^^
    AH yeah !! you should do ZE:A Here I am !! :D

  24. Cant wait for the result to be out. I hope its really Gain winning this. Sorry for spazzing your blog with comments but I really hope Gain can win this.

    P.S to Simon. I watch Arirang Heart to Heart today and I heard Gain’s name. YEAY!! Cheers to everyone who likes her. Her song is really different genre compared to the normal Kpop song

    GAIN’S MV 대박!!! ᄏᄏᄏ

  25. OMG LOL at Martina's Rebecca Black – Friday imitation "MONDAY MONDAY KPOP MUSIC MONDAY!" LMAO

  26. you should totally do Infinite's 다시돌아와 music video next week

  27. Ga-in's video had like a tango feel to it not that i don't like that, but tvxq was more daring and dangerous but love both MV's anyways.
    LOVEEEE your music Mondays its like the only thing i look forward to on Mondays.

  28. hahahaha.. simon`s T-shirt…

  29. LOVE the spudgy face-touching dance!! SOOOOO CUTE!!!

  30. I know that Gain might lose this round because TVXQ has such a big fanbase. But I knew the votes were very competitive, I am contented.

    So my vote goes to Gain =D

  31. Gain should win, compare the dance, one is tango and one more is what!?

  32. the decoding book used is the "Goldfish" by Arthur Train…

    • HOLY CRAP! I thought we were the only people who looked into it that deep. Yes, we froze it on the page he was looking at, copied the text into Google, and found Goldfish. Couldn't really find anything interesting to do with it, though. It seems like they're using two different books, though: some of the text is in the Goldfish, while some of it isn't.

  33. Request: do PopMonday on Rebecca Black's "Friday".

    ok… I'm jk. Please don't stone me.

  34. TVXQ – but of course – can't stomach very many female k-singers or female k-groups – but then I have that same problem with female English singers to but wait I only listen to Kpop

  35. Ga-In! TVXQ was really good, but it was a complete new generation 2010 kinda music video movie. Ga-In just had the timeless classic feel. Retro-back. She wins in my book.

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