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Tony Leung Makes Guest Appearance in K-Pop Music Video

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | July 19, 2023 |

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | July 19, 2023 |


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For a lot of Western audiences, if they think of K-Pop, they think of mega-stars such as BTS and Blackpink, two groups who’ve crossed over into global success/world domination. There are plenty of other great artists beyond those who acquire that crossover appeal. There’s even something for cinephiles now, as the group NewJeans (from the same company as said megastars BTS) has managed to get one of the greatest living actors to make a cameo appearance in their latest video.

Tony Leung, best known for being stunning and his frequent work with visionary director Wong Kar-wai in films such as In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and many more, gets to have his mainstream fun. He, along with Squid Game star and award-winning HoYeon Jung star in the NewJeans music video for “Cool With You” and “Get Up.” Two absurdly talented (absurdly beautiful) people in a music video for the must-watch, up-and-coming group? A match made in heaven.

While HoYeon Jung is the real star of the video as we follow her journey throughout the song, Leung’s brief presence is enough to generate excitement from film fans. Not to make too big a point of it, but Leung manages to make simply staring silently engaging (which is all he really does in the video.) Fans of his who have watched (re-watched, then watched again) films such as Chungking or In the Mood for Love know that he has one of the most formidable gazes in the industry.

NewJeans haven’t even released their debut album yet, though their EPs are worth listening to — especially the earworm of a song “OMG.” Having just debuted last year with a focus on easy-listening pop, this five-piece group looks poised for massive success. To make us feel our age, their eldest member is not even 20 years old, but that fails to negate the listenability. The debut album will be released on July 21st.

I’m ready for the Wong Kar-wai takeover of K-Pop.