2012-11-26

Video of the Day: SHINee's "1000 Years, Always By Your Side" PV

Today's Video of the Day is by none other than my faves, SHINee, who bring you their pv for "1000 Years, Always By Your Side".

I have to take a pause here because I have so many feels (and too many screencaps, aigoo!) to express about this incredible video.  Take a look:


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps




Firstly, lets talk about the characters SHINee plays in this video, because that plays a huge role in really getting the story line.  A friend of mine informed me that they are playing Shinigami (click through for her point of view), or a "death god" or "death spirit".  As Wikipedia says, Shinigami:

is an entity in Japanese folklore that is responsible for seeing that a person dies at their appointed time and then guiding their spirit to be judged in the afterlife.  
I realized after watching it the first time that they were some sort of more benign version of the Grim Reaper, so learning about the Shinigami made a lot of sense.

So, a few days ago I let you know just how much I like this song.  Well, the mv has now dodged past all my other favorite SHINee videos and situated itself right at the top of the list.


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps


Everything about this pv is on point, from the cinematography to the wardrobe to the smallest details imaginable.  Let's talk about the cinematography first.  I'm no expert but I think the cinematography here is so well done.  The sepia tint that is used to illustrate the difference between the realm that SHINee lives in and the "real" world is used skillfully.  It serves to really bring the Shinigami's world to life.


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps


I thought that the juxtaposition of the modern and the old fashioned in their clothing was excellent.  This concept also served to highlight the differences between the living and the dead.  Even their accessories were chosen wisely.  I loved Key's keys and book, as well as Taemin's umbrella and Onew's cane, the watches and the monocles.  You got the sense that they were not just props but items that would be used in their day to day life as Shinigami.

Now about that story...  From the first few shots I was hooked.


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps
Shinigami Taemin waits.


Those shots really set the tone and mood for the storyline, and what a storyline it is.  I was immediately drawn in to the world of these death spirits and the man they were waiting for.  I loved how this deceased man wanted so badly to make sure his son was ok as he went through his operation.  The director managed to convey a strong loving family bond with just a few scenes, which is pretty hard to do.


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps

SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps


Some movies don't even manage to do that in 2 hours, so good job director.

I liked how the Shinigami kept watch on the family by shapeshifting into cats and that the boy could see them.  Just five black cats, out and about, chillin'... nothing odd about that.


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps


The part with the balloons particularly made me stop and think about the message of hope and not giving up that the father was trying to impart to his son.  I'm not a sentimental person but it almost brought a tear to my eye.  The father was able to go on from this life knowing that he had been able to bring a smile to his son's face for the last time.  


SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps


The Shinigami were there to help him and the other spirits on their way.



SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps

SHINee 1000 Years, Always by Your Side mv screencaps
"Fighting!"


Congrats, SHINee, on an excellent video and song.  I couldn't be happier and I'm sure many Shawols feel the same way.  

Stay tuned on the Oddness/Weirdness Facebook page for more edited screencaps (coming soon) and to the Oddness/Weirdness tumblr for gifs and extra goodies.  Be sure to leave me a comment with all your "1000 Years" feels below.  


Source: EMIMusicJapan.  Screencaps by Oddness/Weirdness.  Take out with full credit.

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7 comments:

  1. SHINee SHINigami, sadly beautiful, just love them more and more
    I love the balloons part, and the bus at the end, and Onew's cane hahaha ^ ^

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  2. It was so good, wasn't it? I loved all those parts too, especially the balloons and the boys holding up their fists at the end and the bus in the air. So good! Best Shinee mv evarrrr.

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  3. Beautiful video I agree. Love the Magritte references. The song reminds me a bit of some of the later tracks that the British group Take that release.

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  4. I KNEW some of those shots looked familiar to me, especially the one I screen capped of Taemin with the umbrella. Thanks for clearing that up. It was bothering me. I'm glad u liked the video... It was actually really well done for once.

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  5. This was a good Review. I agree the finer details are all looked into in this PV. Did you know theres going to be an extended version of this for 3 days? http://shinee.jp/kuroneko1000/ Looking forward to that too :) SHINeegamis are super cute here and the vocals are just to die for. Can you read Japanese though? because I really want to know how the father died (even though the PV and the article made it pretty clear he was a clown by profession, that died in a carnival fire) and why the son is getting a surgery done. I want to know if its related and i think the news paper article at the end of the PV in Key's book explains it :) <3

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  6. Well thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Double thanks for the info... I just saw people posting it on twitter and yet you told me about it earlier today... Don't I feel special. :)


    Sadly I can't read Japanese or Korean. I wish I could've read what happened to the dad. I figured he died in a fire but it totally makes a lot of sense that he was a clown, now that I read your comment. Aren't you observant??


    I'm so excited to see the long version. Once again thanks for letting me know and I hope you visit again soon! I'm about to post about it and I'll credit you.

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  7. aww no problem really :) they have uploaded the story line on the website now as a preview to the video i guess but that too is in japanese :( hopefully a shawol out there will translate it ^_^ and the credit for kuroneko1000 should go to the shawol on allkpop's comments :D kyaaaa its going up tomorrow!!! ^_^

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