Since their debut in August 2016, Blackpink have become the highest-charting female K-pop group of all time. Yet there is still an air of mystery around the quartet who have won our hearts with their innovative music, high fashion, and immaculate stage presence. Until now.
Directed by Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat director and producer Caroline Suh, Light Up The Sky follows Jennie, Rosé, Lisa, and Jisoo from their early beginnings of auditioning for the juggernaut South Korean label YG Entertainment to their gruelling training schedules. The film offers a behind the scenes glimpse at benchmark moments in their careers, including their monumental Coachella performance, where they made history for being the first female K-pop act to take the stage at the Indio, California festival. Featuring intimate snapshots of the fab four paired with a cache of unreleased footage, Light Up The Sky will please newcomers and diehard fans alike.
K-pop fans understandably take their K-pop very seriously so we reached out to self-described “Blackpink superfan” Maddy Myer to help us dissect some of the standout moments from the documentary. Here are our takeaways from her five takeaways from the documentary.
#1 EVERYTHING CLICKS
The four women who make up Blackpink come from four very different backgrounds: Jisoo was born and raised in South Korea. Jennie was born in South Korea, moved to New Zealand then back to South Korea. Rosé was born in New Zealand, moved to Australia, and then to South Korea. And Lisa was born in Thailand, but then moved to South Korea in 2011. Light Up The Sky shows us that when the core members were finally together, everything clicked.
#2 PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Blackpink trained for six years for 14 hours a day among other girls under YG Entertainment before there were only four of them left. The group originally debuted in 2016, as the four-member group we know today. But we learn that Blackpink was originally supposed to be a nine-girl unit. They all lived together during this trainee period and every week participants would get cut after performing songs and choreography routines that they were graded on.
#3 ALL OVER THE WORLD
Blackpink were amazed by the response from their world tour. Fans all over the world have filled up arenas to see them. The film portrays the four members giving it everything they had at each stop the best performance, while wrestling with the complexities of pressure, injuries, lack of sleep, and stress.
Coachella 2019 was a major turning point for the group. Given that it’s such a big festival, they were understandably nervous to perform, but also ready to show everyone what Blackpink was about. Coachella is a place where a diverse blend of music fans go, but they ended up having a massive crowd turn up, which introduced their unique brand of K-pop to believers all over the world.
#5 THE FUTURE
Blackpink is optimistic about the future. The film does an excellent job at coming full circle, ending with the four members discussing what they’d be doing 20 years from now. They hope to be remembered as Blackpink, but maybe traveling, married, and with kids. Only the future knows, but for now we’ve got their music and the promise of more to come in the new year.