BTS V and IU recently joined forces to create their inaugural official music video, titled “Love Wins All.” This isn’t just your typical music video; it’s a captivating five-minute dystopian sci-fi short film that delves into intricate layers of storytelling. Director Um Tae Hwa, renowned for “Concrete Utopia,” has shed light on the video’s meaning and concept, amidst a myriad of fan theories attempting to decipher the song. The visually stunning MV was unveiled at midnight KST on January 24.
A Cinematic Narrative of Love and Escape
The video unfolds a narrative featuring IU and BTS V as a couple, navigating through challenges and fleeing from an enigmatic cube-like object in a forest. Their journey leads them to a desolate building surrounded by piles of worn-out clothing. V discovers a dusty camcorder in a restaurant, triggering a shift in their world as the video oscillates between past and present.
Decoding Symbolism: Nemo and the Camcorder
According to Director Um Tae Hwa, the cube-like object is named Nemo. Speculations about its nature range from a virus-infected zombie to an extraterrestrial force. However, Tae Hwa elucidates, “The square symbolizes discrimination against the main characters and can also be seen as representing various forms of discrimination and oppression prevalent in our daily lives.”
The camcorder plays a pivotal role, altering the video’s ambiance. The creators explain that while the video’s timeline is in the present, the camcorder’s screen displays a world that existed before it succumbed to ruin. “The lens of the camcorder means the filter of love, allowing us to see the beautiful things beyond the characters’ appearances.”
Symbolic Struggles and the Bridal Attire
Symbolic details intensify IU and BTS V’s struggles, with IU’s lip chain symbolizing restricted communication and BTS V’s oceanic eyes foreshadowing unseen obstacles. Despite their tumultuous world, they remain inseparable. The choice to wear bridal dresses in the final scenes carries profound meaning, symbolizing the culmination of love. Engaging in activities like singing and taking pictures, traditionally associated with joy and freedom, becomes a poignant representation.
The Poignant Climax: Destruction and Liberation