Super Junior’s Kim Heechul and Buzz’s Min Kyunghoon released their second collaborative power ballad on Saturday (Feb. 17), and it features one of the most inclusive music videos South Korea’s seen in some time.
A lilting, soft pop-rock tune that grows to a soaring, emotional cacophony, Kim and Min blend their voices on “Falling Blossoms” as they sing about the results of a sad romance. But it is the accompanying music video that steals the spotlight with its approach to representing a developmentally disabled character.
In the video, Min acts as the head of the family in lieu of his father and differently-abled older brother, portrayed by Kim, but runs into trouble with gang members while trying to help his mother and brother. Kim’s character gets caught up in the conflict, and the plots ends with heartbreak. Kim’s poignant portrayal of a developmentally disabled man is rare in South Korean media, despite a high prevalence of autism in the country.