Throwback Thursday: Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry”

Bonamana may have started the Super Junior craze, but this is really the video that started it all for me. This was my introduction to K-pop. What really started the whole journey.

Song

It is no wonder this song became as iconic as it did. The entire song is unbelievably catchy. From the very first second, that addictive beat is brought in and doesn’t let up until the very end. It is hard to pick apart the different parts to the song, because each lyric goes right into the next. This song is one unit rather than a bunch of joined parts.

I will say that the instrumental does eventually become a bit monotonous. It is the kind to sometimes sound like generic noise rather than a collection of instruments.

In my opinion, this isn’t Super Junior’s best song, but it is definitely a good song and their most memorable.

Score: 4.5/5

Cinematography

sorrysorry8As with Bonamana, with such a large number of members and an interesting dance, a story is not needed for the video to be interesting. The rooms all look really cool. I love all of the cubes in the background of the main dancing scene and how they come back during one of the choruses where the members sit inside cubes. The simple backgrounds behind the members in the solo shots are perfect. If the background was busier, with so many members there would be too much stimulation.

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I really love the white hallway room that the members sing in. That moment sorrysorry11during the bridge in which Kyuhyun walks through the hallway to the camera as Yesung walks away is nice and creative.

The synchronization at the end when the scene shifts from the singing trios to the group shot is done perfectly.

To this day, I still have no idea what the point of that intro was supposed to be. It has nothing to do with the rest of the video.

Score: 4.5/5

Wardrobe

sorrysorry5Ah, the beginning of the suits. I’ve said this a million times before, but this look suits them so well. Not only are they simply wearing suits, but there is variety in each one of their styles. I really like the brighter dance scene. In that scene, Eunhyuk and Ryeowook are not actually wearing suits,sorrysorry7 but their looks still fit the concept and add more variety. Eunhyuk’s look is actually my favorite in that scene. sorrysorry6

In my opinion, Yesung and Donghae look the best in the solo shots. Yesung looks so sharp with that hairstyle and shirt and I really like the pattern on Donghae’s outfit.

The moments I am not a fan of: Kangin’s graphic t-shirt under his suit, Sungmin’s flashy shirt, and Eunhyuk’s all black suit in the darker scene. Other than that, everyone looks pretty amazing.

Score: 4.5/5

Dance


This dance is perfect. No question. If I started listing out all of the things I like about this dance, I would end up giving you a second-by-second recount of the entire thing.

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The main “sorry sorry” move is just perfect, and I just love the whole triangle rotation between each repetition of the chorus. The bridge however has to be one of my favorite parts. They divide the members in groups of three, and all do sorrysorry13their own dance, but it never gets chaotic.

This is how EXO should be doing things. Not what they have been doing recently with having half of the members jumping on and off the stage, but rather have everyone on stage and just divide up the choreography points between them. Super Junior constantly has members splitting up, with some standing in the back while others shine in the front, and then switch. The combination of members in each dance group changes every time, giving the audience something new to watch with every set of lines. This dance shows the perfect way to utilize a large number of members.

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Finally, and I may be biased, but I really think this is one of the best dance breaks in K-pop. How is it even possible to move your hands like that and not get totally confused?

Score: 5/5

Overall, this video is just amazing. As I said in the beginning, it’s no wonder that this became Super Junior’s most iconic era. The concept is pulled off perfectly. The song is the definition of catchy, and the dance is more intricate and detailed than most other dances I have reviewed in K-pop. This music video was my introduction to K-pop, and it’s no wonder I was drawn in so forcefully.

Overall Final Score: 4.6/5

Who knew? Back in 2009, who knew that this music video would pull me into the longest, most intense phase of my life, and that these two would become my two ultimate biases:

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Thoughts on Sorry sorry? Was it as much of a game changer as I claimed?


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One thought on “Throwback Thursday: Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry”

  1. For me personally Sorry Sorry was never a big moment. But for kpop, and especially for Super Junior, it was a game changer. 2009 was the year when absurdly catchy songs and dances made previously non-huge groups massive. Super Junior was one, Girls’ Generation was another. This song is what defined the style of music and videos that Super Junior have been doing ever since.

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