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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)
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  1. Music Monday's never fail to amuse me. The weirdness of the videos and lyrics just make me laugh so much. I don't think I'll be able to watch a music video without cracking up in laughter (Whenever I see MBLAQ under water in Cry, I end up seeing Simon attempting those scenes).
    Keep up the good video work!

  2. Jennifer L.

    OH MY GOD SUN. I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ;O; I LOVE YOU SIMON & MARTINA! ♥♥♥

    • Jennifer L.

      Also, you guys should totally do a follow-up on this after watching the full drama music video of "Before U Go"! And there IS a dance to it, but they performed it on the music shows and all if you catch 'em… :D

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