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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kwon Ji Yong Act III: Motte is a 2018 documentary about the "King of K-Pop" on tour before he begins compulsory military service in South Korea. There's some drinking, shots in a restaurant, and some mild drunken behavior. Viewers also hear talk of drinking at the shows and occasional profanity ("bulls--t," "s--t"), and see cigarette smoking and middle-finger gestures. Kwon Ji Yong, aka G-Dragon, spends a lot of time on hair and makeup, stares at screens of various sizes, feels lonely and weary of stardom, and travels to the next city. Not exactly Led Zeppelin decadence here. Self-absorption and narcissism are the overriding themes of this movie.
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What's the story?
KWON JI YONG ACT III: MOTTE documents G-Dragon's last world tour before he began his mandatory service in South Korea's military. Throughout the documentary, Kwon Ji Yong struggles with an identity crisis, exploring the differences between who he is behind the scenes and who he is when he's G-Dragon, his public pop star persona. While traveling from city to city, he struggles with this "Who am I?" question while interacting with friends, record execs, and the entourage and crew that accompany him on tour. Loneliness sets in. The show must go on, even though it's a farewell for now.
Is it any good?
This is a dull documentary that will only interest rabid fans of G-Dragon. It's the last tour before G-Dragon begins his compulsory military service in South Korea, and as good a time as any to struggle with issues of identity. While sitting in the hair and makeup chair, in the studio, in restaurants drinking with friends, in a park looking pensive, traveling to the next city, Kwon Ji Yong wrestles with who he is in real life, and who he is onstage as G-Dragon. This kind of introspection doesn't really translate well on film. For those who aren't already fans of G-Dragon, Kwon Ji Yong Act III: Motte is actually extremely boring. Like a Snapchat of paint drying. For those who want to learn more about K-Pop and one of its biggest stars, this is probably not the best place to start.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about music documentaries. How does Kwon Ji Yong Act III: Motte compare to others you've seen?
Who is the intended audience of this documentary? Does it serve as a good introduction to K-Pop?
How does the movie attempt to show what it's like for a pop star on tour? Do you think it's an accurate picture? Why or why not?
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