The Movie References in TWICE’s “What Is Love” MV
In the K-pop world, who doesn’t know the song “What Is Love?” from TWICE. That song is probably one of TWICE‘s biggest hits. Well, if you watched the MV, you might notice that the scenes look rather familiar. That’s because the scenes are parodies of movies!
The music video of “What Is Love?” has the iconic scene of 8 different movies as the references: The Princess Diaries, Ghost, La Boum, La La Land, Leon: The Professional, Pulp Fiction, Romeo and Juliet, and Love Letter.
|No.||Movie Reference||TWICE Members|
|1||The Princess Diaries||Nayeon, Momo, Mina, Jihyo, Sana|
|3||La Boum||Mina, Dahyun|
|4||La La Land||Momo, Tzuyu|
|5||Leon: The Professional||Dahyun, Chaeyoung|
|6||Pulp Fiction||Sana, Tzuyu|
|7||Romeo and Juliet||Jeongyeon, Tzuyu|
|8||Love Letter||Jihyo, Jeongyeon|
In this article, we will explain the details of each movie reference that TWICE used for their music video, “What Is Love?” Scroll down to find out more!
Nayeon’s Scene: The Princess Diaries (2001)
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. Here is the clip from the original movie:
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.
Jeongyeon and Sana’s Scene: Ghost (1990)
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. Here is the original clip from the movie!
This iconic scene is famous for its soundtrack “Unchained Melody” from Righteous Brothers.
Mina and Dahyun’s Scene: La Boum (1980)
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.”
Check out the original scene to compare our girls’ acting skills with the original one!
Momo and Tzuyu’s Scene: La La Land (2016)
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. Check out the original clip below!
Chaeyoung and Dahyun’s Scene: 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.
And here is the original clip from the movie!
Sana and Tzuyu’s Scene: Pulp Fiction (1994)
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. Check out the original clip!
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!
Jeongyeon and Tzuyu’s Scene: Romeo and Juliet (1996)
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. Let’s see the original clip!
Tzuyu played Juliet gracefully while Jeongyeon played the handsome Romeo aka young Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jeongyeon and Jihyo’s Scene: Love Letter (1995)
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 the leader of TWICE, screams asking about her boyfriend in the snow. Again, Jeongyeon appears to play the male co-star Itsuki Fuji. Let’s see the original clip, here!
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? Well, you can share your thoughts while spreading this article to your fellow TWICE fans on your social media! Make sure to keep update on TWICE’s news by reading our articles on Channel Korea. Cheers!