Here Are the 8 Movie References in TWICE’s “What Is Love” MV!

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The Movies in TWICE’s “What Is Love” MV

In the K-pop world, who doesn’t know the song “What Is Love?”  That song is probably one of TWICE‘s biggest hits. The song won Music of the Year at the 2018 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) and has been watched more than 450 million times.

Well, if you watched the MV, you might notice that the scenes look rather familiar. That’s because the scenes are parodies of movies! Are you curious what movies were referenced in the MV? Check out the full list in this article below!


The Princess Diaries

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The first is Nayeon‘s makeover scene. She originally appeared as a nerd with thick glasses. But, after the makeover, Nayeon turned 180 degrees into a cute girl, and the other members were shocked by her beauty.

This is a scene that was in the film The Princess Diaries (2001). This 2001 film was directed by Garry Marshall and adapted from Meg Cabot’s book of the same title.

The original main character in the film was portrayed by actress Anne Hathaway. But, in the parody scene for the “What Is Love” MV, Nayeon is also accompanied by other members such as Sana, Momo, Mina, and Jihyo.



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The second one is Jeongyeon who made a parody out of a scene in the movie Ghost (1990). Although Jeongyeon is supposed to be doing a parody of the scene of Demi Moore, she also looks like the guy, Patrick Swayze.

Jeongyeon along with Sana, played the iconic scene when Molly Jensen (Jeongyeon) is forming clay for pottery. Then, Sam Wheat (Sana) joins in.

This iconic scene is famous for its soundtrack “Unchained Melody” from Righteous Brothers.


La Boum

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Then, Mina gets to be the main star of the parody of the iconic French film La Boum/The Party (1980). Mina with her short hair looks so beautiful when doing the scene where she has headphones put on from behind by someone who turns out to be Dahyun.

In the original scene, Sophie Marceau is enjoying herself at a disco. Suddenly, a guy gives a headset to her with a super romantic song. The song was Richard Sanderson’s “Reality.”


La La Land

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Who doesn’t know the iconic dance scene on the hill with a colorful panorama in the film La La Land? When watching this video clip, surely everyone will immediately know that it was taken from the film La La Land. The film even won the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Actress category.

In TWICE’s version, Momo as Mia (Emma Stone) dances with Tzuyu as Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). Wearing a yellow dress that has become a film icon, Momo appears to be dancing seamlessly.


Leon: The Professional

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TWICE‘s rapper duo Chaeyoung and Dahyun collaborated for the parody scene of the film Leon: The Professional (1994).

Chaeyoung plays Mathilda, a little girl whose family is murdered. She was later taken care of by an assassin (Leon). Dahyun played the role of Leon, the assassin himself. Mathilda is famous for her short bob hair while Leon is famous for his rounded glass.


Pulp Fiction

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Next, there is Sana who plays in the parody of the iconic film Pulp Fiction (1994). It is one of the best crime films by the director Quentin Tarantino. The film itself won the 1994 Oscar for best screenplay.

In the video clip, Sana plays Mia and Tzuyu plays as Vincent performing an iconic John Travolta-style dance move. Wearing a classy tux and t-shirt, both Sana and Tzuyu look as good as the people in the movie!


Romeo and Juliet

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The pretty maknae Tzuyu turned into Juliet in the parody of the romantic film Romeo + Juliet (1996). There is the iconic scene when Romeo and Juliet stare at each other through an aquarium.

Tzuyu played Juliet gracefully while Jeongyeon played the handsome Romeo aka young Leonardo DiCaprio.


Love Letter

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Finally, there is Jihyo who takes on the role of Hiroko Watanabe from the all-time favorite Japanese romantic film Love Letter (1995). The iconic scene is when Watanabe, played by Jihyo, screams asking about her boyfriend in the snow. Again, Jeongyeon appears to play the male co-star Itsuki Fuji.

Jihyo is so beautiful with her red sweater. Don’t you agree?

So, that is the list of the 8 movies that are used for references in TWICE’s MV “What Is Love?” Which one is your favorite scene or movie? Tell us your answer in the comment box below!