On 25 May Kim Wooseok from Up10tion and that now resolved X1 from Produce X 101 made his solo debut. His title track "Red Moon" from his mini-album Greed describes the transformation that he is going through when he transforms into an animal instinct for a passionate time with his lover. The accompanying MV does not follow a specific action and instead uses scenes from Wooseok dancing with scenes that indicate the transformation that is currently taking place. Before his change, Wooseok has a suffocating innocent person from whom his lover helps him break out. However, once released, Wooseok undergoes a dangerous, irreversible transformation. The MV for "Red Moon" is a dark, sensual reflection of Wooseok's metamorphosis into a passionate, wild lover and person.
Wooseok, before the transformation, has a pure picture that his lover will eventually help him to free himself from. In the MV, this healthy side of him is expressed by bright colors and by nature. Although most sets have a darker color palette, there are two that are lighter and stand out in the video. The first of these sets is an indoor garden. Wooseok sits on a white base surrounded by greenery; The garden symbolizes a pristine and pristine version of Wooseok.
The second bright set is Wooseok, who sits behind him at a desk with white roses in the display. White roses are generally understood to be purity and innocence, which Wooseoks himself emphasizes even before the transformation. In the same scene, however, Wooseok shows a quote from a poem by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud on the screen. The quote, which translates to "I pounced like a wild animal trying to strangle her," suggests that Wooseok is not as innocent as he looks and that he has a wild side that contains is. The contrast between the pastel tones of the set and Wooseok's outfit, as well as the aggressiveness of the quote, show a strong difference between him before he met his current lover and him after their encounter.
This feeling of being caught is also emphasized by the other sets. Wooseok once lies on a white floor with black outlines of rectangular shapes. When he gets up we can see that the black outlines are now in front of him and form a kind of cage. In fact, in another sentence, he sits against a red marble background, though beneath him are white, spiky cones that surround him and prevent him from descending. The use of color in this scene is obvious: red to indicate his newly discovered passion and desire, and white barriers to show how he was previously locked up. The innocent attitude that he has before his transformation and of which he feels trapped is effectively depicted with bright colors and props.
However, his scenes regarding his self before the metamorphosis could have been included in the MV earlier to focus more on this change process. The song begins with Wooseok, who sings about the gradual onset of the red moonlight; If the bright scenes and nature scenes had appeared earlier in the MV, the transformation between his two selves could have been further emphasized.
As soon as Wooseok begins to free himself from his virtuous personality, he transforms into someone full of desire and passion and clearly crosses the border with no return. While Wooseok sings pretty sexy lyrics about his lover, the new dark and passionate Wooseok is mainly represented by the color red. One of the most eye-catching uses of color is when Wooseok solo dances in a huge, flowing, white tent bathed in hazy red light. It is a remarkable comparison when he was dancing with other dancers in the same tent.
Many of the sets that Wooseok represents before it is changed appear, but this time with red. When the interior garden is shown again, we can see that half of the plants have turned red; Whenever Wooseok touches a plant, it turns scarlet. The color colors the plants like a red poison, suggesting how Wooseok himself was stained.
In the set with the white desk, the white roses in the display have turned red behind him. In contrast to white, red roses mean love and passion, and the MV shows how these characteristics have changed him. Roses continue to appear; In one scene, Wooseok has rose petals scattered across his face, and in another scene, roses are burning.
Although a flickering flame could be seen throughout the MV, the outbreak of roses on fire shows that Wooseok has taken his transformation a step further. Although his lover helped change, Wooseok wants more:
Although I already have it
I've always been thirsty
Towards the end of the song we can see Wooseok through a peephole lined with flames. The use of fire, which is all consuming and dangerous, clearly shows the permanent metamorphosis that he has undergone and does not want to reverse.
The MV for "Red Moon" offers a dark and sensual experience for a song that documents Wooseok's transformation into someone who is almost dangerously full of passion and desire. The color red, as the title of the song suggests, is an essential part of the MV to symbolize this shift. As his first solo release, MV and Song may also point to a change in Wooseok himself as a solo artist.
(Poets.org, YouTube. Pictures via TOP Media)