AOA ChoA’s new MV ‘Flame’ has left us all with a shiver down our spine. Although it is a remake of Jang Hye Jin’s 2006 song, ChoA added her own brilliant elements to it leaving the audience speechless quite literally.
The MV starts with a door opening, shining a light on a guardian angel as ChoA walks in dragging a body and falls to her knees. See what I meant when I said spine chilling?
The scene shifts to a smiling and innocent ChoA walking around on a bright day. She’s then seeing waking up with a start in a dark room. Perhaps she dreamt of a past memory? As she open the curtains sunlight falls on her hand, burning it and she quickly shuts it. She looks pale with sunken eyes and red lips. So she’s a vampire? She seems fascinated by the bright light bulb, wondering how sunlight could burn her but not this light. These grim scenes are interspersed with ChoA singing soulfully.
She falls to the ground as she remembers the time she was human, running around in the sunlight. She’s possibly thinking of the day it all changed as she encounters a pool of blood by her feet and her smile drops (nice fake blood, by the way. Very artsy).
Back in the dark room, she looks at a whole collection of items all smeared with blood. The moon turns red and so do her eyes (werewolf?). She plays with the flame of a candle. It’s ironic how she can play with fire so easily but how a ball of fire can just as easily burn her during the day. She pulls a chain towards her through a steel grate, a prisoner at the other end. Probably the body she dragged in earlier.
I think the whole playing-with-fire bit stands as a metaphor. She knew she should’ve kept away, controlled herself but she ends up harming humans. She looks cold, soul-less as she stares at her victim. There’s blood on her hands as she sits down on the stairs with a haunted look on her face. She remembered all the times she killed someone, the times she had blood on her hands. She keeps a bloodied pocket watch with the other bloody items. Seems like she takes one thing from each person she kills. As a keepsake? To remind herself of the monster she is?
She opens the gate and walks out into the sunlight, smoke rising from her skin as it burns. Remembering the time she was still pure and human, she regrets what she has become. The guilt drives her to end the misery once and for all. The loneliness and pain she feels and the shameful feeling of what she has become is clearly shown in her eyes as she walks towards her end.
I abso-freaking-lutely loved this music video!. Just listening to the music the imagery that comes to your mind will leave you with spine chilling thoughts. I’m going to assume she’s a vampire cause of the whole burning-in-the-sun bit. ChoA’s acting was hundred percent blood curdling. But while you feel alarmed, one cannot help but pity her. It’s not under her control; it wasn’t a choice to become a monster. She is human enough to feel remorse and end herself for the better of all. ChoA’s vocals accompany this harrowing video so well it’s like a beautiful nightmare. Watch ChoA take winter sadness to the next level and let us know what you think!
Author’s Note: The Mv concept refers to the darker-side thoughts of someone who is heart broken and still in love with their ex lover. She blames her lover for taking away the light in her life and turning her into someone who is so bitter .