Issue 1: Light Up the Sky lit up Netflix

The life of global girl group BLACKPINK and the life they left behind told in Netflix documentary

Pim Kruthun, Staff Writer

The latest Netflix music documentary, directed by Caroline Suh, on the girl group BLACKPINK titled, BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky. The film trended number 1 in 70 countries on the platform, as fans and curious newcomers swarmed the documentary that gives a glimpse into the “hard-fought journey” of the band.

The documentary was emotional like a lot of other Netflix documentaries, which previously only documented western artists. The difference between the workings of the American and Korean music industry is portrayed in the documentary but at the same time, underlines that music has no boundaries and no categories, through showing the workings of BLACKPINK.

In the studio footages, you can see the girls record and work with artists and singers from different parts of the world, as well as incorporating their different identities into their works. Each member of BLACKPINK come from different parts of the world, a common fact amongst fans but probably a surprising fact to a new audience. Three members are Korean, and only one member, Jisoo was born and raised in the country. While Jennie, lived in New Zealand for most of her life, and the third Korean member, Rosé, is a homegrown Australian. The fourth member Lisa, is from Thailand, moving to Korea, by herself at the age of 14.

The documentary was broken down into parts that introduce viewers to every member’s individual journey that led them to their current journey as BLACKPINK. It was very interesting seeing the footage of their auditions, and hearing the stories of them training almost makes you feel proud. The training of all the members add up to 20 years, 20 years of experience and training in BLACKPINK. The story of 4 strong kids, who gave up their home life, their whole childhood, to train and compete for a chance to reach their dreams, is motivational and heart touching for viewers of all ages.