Pachinko – Opening Title Sequence

I watched episode 1 of Pachinko last week and it was good! That said, it’s the Pachinko opening credit sequence that has left the strongest impression and I can’t stop watching it. This song, this video is just reverberating through me.

I have been trying to digest *why* I feel so captivated by it and I think it has to do with the way it captures the inevitability of time, and the immutability of humanity. The way it juxtaposes the sepia-toned photographs with the characters’ dynamic dancing really brings to the forefront how easy it is to ‘other’ people of the past and forget that, no, actually people are fundamentally all the same, regardless of era.

The characters that we see in the video are coming from different eras as well. The little girl, the young woman, and the old woman are all the same person. One of the characters is her lover, one her son, etc. They may exist in different time periods but watching them together like this just cuts through that division of time and brings them all to life so vividly ‘for today’.

(the song is Let’s Live For Today by The Grass Roots)

Lu Han – Medals

Medals (勋章) by Lu Han (鹿晗)

Lu Han starred in and wrote this theme song for the Chinese movie The Witness. This movie is a remake of Blind, a Korean movie starring Yoo Seung Ho in the same role.

As much as I love this song (and love Yoo Seung Ho), I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch either movie. It looks a little too intense for me these days. Too much has happened in my personal life in too short of a time, and I keep crying my way through movies. So the movies will stay on my to-watch list for and the song will stay on repeat.

My weapon is the dream I hold on to tightly

And the wounds I have suffered are all my medals

Medals by Lu Han – lyrics

Hua Chen Yu – Ordinary Path

Ordinary Path (平凡之路) by Hua Chen Yu (华晨宇)

I get a visceral reaction every time I listen to this song and I have listened to it a lot. Hua Chen Yu has an amazing voice and he does such interesting things with it. I love so many of his songs and yet this is number 1 by a long shot.

The video for Ordinary Path is from his time on the show Singer 2018. It is an amazing performance and I love everything about it… his intense eyes and wtf mullet… the ecstatic audience members (especially the boy in white ^^)… everything.

I always have this video open in a tab on my phone so I can listen to it whenever I want. This version isn’t on Spotify, sadly, though there is another version by another singer. The other one is good and has a nice upbeat feel to it, but Hua Chen Yu’s version is absolutely god-tier.

I love it so much. I hope you love it too.