Sunday, October 30, 2011

Korean versus Japanese Music Videos

There is something I've been noticing as more and more Korean stars are releasing their tracks in Japanese. This may be an older song, but it shows what I am talking about.

Uploaded by on May 27, 2011

Do you see the differences? Here are some stills from the first few seconds of both videos.
Korean Version

Japanese Version

The Japanese version is much more colorful, lively, and energetic.

Now let's take a more recent release, 2NE1's Go Away.


Uploaded by on Sep 9, 2010

I really like this video, even if it's a bit dark. Now are you ready for this?


Uploaded by on Oct 29, 2011

Do you see the difference? It's amazing really. I liked the original Korean version a lot more but of course that's a matter of opinion. The Japanese version is much more upbeat and colorful, but it lacks the story and emotional connect the Korean version gives us.

Now for one last comparison, T-ara's yayaya


Uploaded by on Apr 22, 2011


Uploaded by on Oct 26, 2011

Again, the Korean version is telling a story, while the Japanese version is much more colorful. I think this has to do with the vast differences between Japanese and Korean cultures. Korea is more reserved, while Japan is more free.

In the end though, which music video you enjoy the most is really up to your own personal opinion, whether you like the fun colorfulness of the Japanese music videos, or the more emotional and story driven Korean music videos. Whatever you like, it's always fun to sit back and watch these music videos!

-stormoftara :3

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