Blackpink: Light up the Sky

  • 24 Oct - 30 Oct, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Four young superstars shine brightly in Blackpink: Light up the Sky, a brief introduction to the K-pop girl group. The documentary arrives just under two weeks after the release of Blackpink’s debut album, and while its salute to the artists flicks at the cynical side of their industry, it is less a probing profile than a backstage pass for fans of the band. The director, Caroline Suh, combines naturalistic, on-the-go footage of the group with separate interviews with its members: Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose. They are an international ensemble and as Suh traces each of their young lives, she allows their personalities and styles to come into focus. This emphasis on individuality is especially valuable when set against a music business notorious for pruning its artists into a glossy commodity. The documentary opens in 2016, on the day that YG Entertainment, the South Korean music monolith, debuted Blackpink at a news conference. Reporters’ type furiously as they behold the nervous girls who had striven for this moment since YG recruited them to its intensive, live-in pop conservatory years earlier. In its best moments, the documentary draws a line from the challenging lives Blackpink led as trainees to the pressure and loneliness they now face as global celebrities.

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