In the first scene above, we see Kwon Jiyong rising from the ruins. Ruins of what, you may ask? We shall find out later. A few more shots are juxtaposed, such as this pendulum below, which represents a time bomb.
We then see a long-haired and scary G-dragon below singing under a pendulum, which tells us heis under time constraint, pressured by the ticking time bomb. He is calm through it all, as if he knows there is more to the bomb blasting.
After a few interchanges of shots between G-dragon under a pendulum, and Kwon Jiyong risingfrom the ruins, we are led to watch this adorable young man.
We see this young dreamer with such handsome innocence. What’s heartbreaking is we also see this boy looking at his very own tomb, wearing a red glove.
And then we find out that this boy wearing the red glove is actually the innocent Kwon Jiyong witnessing his own death. This is proven by the grown-up Jiyong we see below, who is alsowearing the same red glove.
Why is baby Ji looking at his tomb? What led to his death? We shall find out one by one. Because essentially, this video is about G-dragon’s death, and Kwon Jiyong’s rise from the dead.
…Now G-dragon’s death begins. First, we are shown beautiful and sexy women wearing alluring reddresses and hats, all of them have their eyes covered with the glamorous red hats. Who are they?
Obviously, they represent the different women surrounding the superstar G-dragon. Models,actresses, singers. Their luxurious dresses, hats, and make-up tell us these women are celebrities, just in the same lime light as G-dragon. They love him. The adore him. They worship him. But they don’t see him. The fact that they are truly blind about what’s deep inside Kwon Jiyong causes G-dragon’s slow and painful death, as evident by his broken and bleeding heart below.
G-dragon’s first death: beautiful women who do not see him for who he is.
G-dragon’s death continues. Second, we see him peeking through the hole of a theater box officebelow. This represents him being inside a world providing spectators the ticket to a spectaclethey are excited to watch. This also symbolizes him.
selling his tickets for the G-dragon show.
But in this next shot, we see the box office being focused, and the spectators only see the “eye” of G-dragon, not his face, not his body, not his real being. The spectators, or the fans, do not see him.
Then, we get a view of what’s happening inside the box office below. This shows G-dragon surrounded by different old-school radio boxes, motion picture rollers and multi-media consoles.He controls the shows, and the shadows of the obsessive worshippers are seen lurking on the background, trying to get inside the box office.
G-dragon’s second death: the fans, and the burden of leading the G-dragon show. Now we are thenled to his third death.
Above, we see an unrecognizable woman hidden in the confines of a protective umbrella. Who is she? We do not know yet. We only see that she and G-dragon are separated.
We see G-dragon situated beside a tree below. What kind of tree? This is supposedly a persimmontree, the tree of transformation, of growth, of wisdom, of health. But up close, we see that the persimmons are instead toxic fruits, and the tree is drying…. dying.
It is raining endlessly, and G-dragon is still separated from the unknown woman. This tells us that the transformation, instead of being a healthy journey to wisdom, is only making G-dragon weak and unable, rooted to the ground, unable to grow, thus unable to stand up and walk towards the woman. Who is the woman? She is Kwon Jiyong’s true love, someone he couldn’t be with because of his inability to walk towards her, because of the rain, because of the toxic persimmon fruits.
G-dragon’s third death: being unable to be with the woman he loves, only protecting her from afar.
Next, we see a pot of boiling water above, cooking money. What is it? This is G-dragon churning money by simply being G-dragon. We see G-dragon simply sitting in a table below, surrounded by boiling pots, as if money is just being cooked easily around him as he sat.
To me, this is music. G-dragon’s trying to tell us he cooks his music, he cooks money, and to him it is easy. This is especially evident by him acting lazy below. For him, making music is the easy part of making money.
But then, we see this G-dragon being crazy and psychotic in this chair, a different room:
This shows G-dragon in a chair inside a backstage dressing room. He is surrounded by make-upluggages with built in lights. Everything is lighting up, flashing, and this is making him bipolar andcrazy, bringing out the monster in him.
This fourth death is further emphasized by the photo above. This is G-dragon with his eyesmasked, putting his eyes (which represents his soul) merely in the background. The backdroppainting is an eye, crying. That is Kwon Jiyong’s soul being put in the backdrop as he stands up tothe world as G-dragon.And this photo below shows Kwon Jiyong in a ninja mask, showing only his eyes, and hiding the face of G-dragon. As Kwon Jiyong, he is choosing to put his eyes and soul out, and put his face inthe background. The backdrop painting shows many faces, representing the many faces of G-dragon being put in the backburner whenever he chooses to be Kwon Jiyong,This means he can’t be both G-dragon AND Kwon Jiyong. He always has to sacrifice one or the other.
And this leads us to his fifth, and final, death. As shown below, we see G-dragon surrounded by reporters, eyes all masked. This symbolizes the media blindly reporting about his life without actually seeing who he truly is.G-dragon’s fifth and final death: the media’s screwed-up image of him.
With all those five different deaths, we see G-dragon below, struggling to breathe, weak on theground. He is surrounded by crows, a symbol of death. He is not yet truly dead, but slowly and painfully, he is about to surrender life.
The scene cuts through the many face masks of G-dragon below, representing him during the Heartbreaker Era. This image of G-dragon has become iconic to be for the scandal-ridden year 2009.
He is crying out black tears, spilling all over.
These black tears represent what’s inside G-dragon. In the image below, we see that inside this white mask, we see a very black G-dragon.
Black represents what’s inside: sadness, loneliness, pain, heartbreak, depression. And this blackness is oozing out. G-dragon is broken, dead.
But he wants to break away from sadness, from death, from blackness. And so he removes and shatters his mask, leaving the Heartbreaker era behind. In fact, it’s not just the Heartbreaker era.He is breaking and leaving behind the whole scandal-ridden persona of G-dragon.
He breaks G-dragon’s face, symbolizing him leaving G-dragon behind. The time bomb hasstopped, and he breaks free: