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Blackpink: Light Up the Sky

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Compelling docu reveals human side of K-pop phenomenon

Movie NR 2020 79 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Amazing! Shows great female empowerment! but....

I am blackpink's biggest fan. this has a lot of female empowerment and tells about their lives, and how they worked hard for it,not some pretty princess life. they admited their fears if your a blink (thats how blackpink fans are called) or just kpop in general,then you will love this now on to iffy content...... Sex: they do wear iffy outfits but its very minor,when jisoo was trying on coustumes lisa and jennie said,you have a natrually sexy body Languge: a blink calls them the baddest bitches and jennie says 2 fbombs while singing a song And they talk about how they are the 1st girl group to preform at cochella, wich is a big deal overall great movie! LONG LIVE JISOO (my bias) AND LONG LIKE BLACKPINK!!!!!!! XOXO

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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This compelling documentary pulls back the curtain on the wildly successful Korean musical group as well as the system that manufactures polished K-pop bands. Because they are contrived as such a perfected and professional package, you can't help but assume Blackpink: Light Up the Sky has a stamp of approval for the brand. Still, it's fascinating to learn about the process and hear the band members reveal the emotional and sometimes physical toll a decade of training and work has taken on them. The young women seem to have few friends or hobbies, much less time, outside their foursome. One questions how she's supposed to be a role model to her fans, another is already thinking about when Blackpink will be replaced by a younger group. They're still learning how to actually have fun on stage.

Director Caroline Suh skillfully blends news and concert clips with individual and group interviews and older photos and clips. Fortunately for her, theirs is a well-documented generation. We get to hear and see some of the girls' experiences in the training school, a grueling factory with 14-hour workdays and monthly "elimination" performances. The girls recall the school as not having a "very happy vibe," and the parents of one encouraged her to drop out and "come home." The fact that none did is remarkable. Curiously, like the product of the group themselves, we don't see any of the faces of the "CEO" or others involved in the training school, those engineers pulling the actual strings. Interviews with two producers/songwriters don't bring a lot to the table. All told, the documentary leaves you hoping for the best for these young women, especially off stage.

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