The music video for veteran kpop ballad singer Jo Sung-mo‘s breakout 1998 ballad “To Heaven” has just been given a makeover. What’s interesting is that the music videos share the same story, but the songs are different. The new version is set to the song “To the Hospital” [병원에 가다] by singer Miru (her album features collaborations by girl groups Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Da Vichi, and Seeya).
The “To Heaven” MV may not have been the first of its grand-scale, movie-style kind, but it sure made a big splash. It also starred Lee Byung-heon and Kim Haneul and was one of those early MVs wallowing in its own tragedy like some kind of glorification of agony. (Blind lovers? Donated eyeballs? Men in love with mermaids? Tragic lovers torn apart by the cruel, cruel arms of a wretched Fate? Those MVs ain’t got nothin’ on “To Heaven.”) Watch the MV below and you’ll see what I mean.
SONG OF THE DAY
Jo Sung-mo – “To Heaven,” which was a longtime noraebang staple for me — and, I’m sure, lots of others. [ Download ]
The original, “To Heaven”:
I find the new casting a bit odd, but the main male lead is Gong Jung-hwan (of the cable drama My Boss My Lady), with Jang Mi-in-ae (Blissful Woman) as the female lead. Both actors were also in Soulmate (as Jung-hwan and Min-ae).
Here’s the remake, “병원에 가다”:
This marks the first time a music video has been remade (well, officially. The ripped-off variety — Ivy‘s Final Fantasy, Hyori‘s Britney knockoff — still abound).
The producers of “To the Hospital” explained their intention behind the remake, saying, “We concluded that there hasn’t been a more memorable MV than ‘To Heaven’ in the music industry. We are remaking the music video so that such a great piece of work is remembered.”
(I’m sure easy publicity and a lack of creativity had nothing to do with it.)
The music video for the new version cost 100 million won and took two months to produce. The video was released on all the online music portals on the 14th and the song is kicking off its promotional cycle now.
(I think the original rocks harder. The remake just doesn’t pack that emotional punch. Then again, Gong Jung-hwan and Jang Mi-in-ae — both of whom I like — are no Lee Byung-heon and Kim Haneul.)
Via Hankook IlboTags: Kim Haneul, Lee Byung-heon, remakes