Funny K-Pop Moments in ZE:A’s “After Effect”!

Funny K-Pop Moments in ZE:A’s “After Effect”!


K-pop idols are professional artists. They wow audiences with their stage presence, visuals, vocals, and choreography. But they’re also human, and sometimes they do things that are funny or stupid by mistake.

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Sometimes, members forget their lines.

EXO’s Sehun missing his part: VIDEO 

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They fall onstage or hit each other by accident.

Blackpink’s Jennie hitting Jisoo: VIDEO

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They make goofy faces…

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or weird noises.

“Hah!” from Orange Caramel’s “Catallena”: VIDEO 

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And sometimes, their facial expressions and live performances completely clash with the song, as we see in ZE:A’s “After Effect” stage!

What Is “After Effect”?

“After Effect” or “Aftermath” is the title track of ZE:A’s second studio album “Spectacular,” released on July 4, 2012. It went viral in 2020 after appearing on “How Do You Play?” on MBC.

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The music is upbeat, but the lyrics – about a person dealing with a breakup - are dark.

Here’s how “After Effect” starts:

“I keep consuming alcohol when I can’t even drink well /
I keep calling girls who I’m not even interested in /
I thought I was doing this because I was lonely.”

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He is inconsolable after losing his girlfriend:

“After you left, my love page has stopped /
Your empty spot in my heart makes my tears well up / …
I wish I could turn back time.”

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The second half of the song returns to the theme of turning back time:

“But what has happened? I think the words ‘Time heals all’ is a lie. /
Why does it feel like only I am hurting all the time? / …
If only I could turn back time, I wouldn’t lose you.”
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And then there’s the chorus:

“I just endlessly cry, I just endlessly get sad /
Every day after you left, I hate this pain of being left alone /
I just keep endlessly crying, I keep endlessly getting sad /
Every day after I loved you, I can’t sleep because of this terrible aftermath.”
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It’s a depressing song. And if you’re unfamiliar with Korean, the music video, with its muted color palette and the members’ (mostly) sorrowful expressions, will tell you that this isn’t a happy love story.

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So, what happened onstage?

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ZE:A performed “After Effect” on KBS on August 17th, 2012. And, well, there are so many hilarious moments here that we don’t know where to start.

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The funniest is, of course, Dongjun’s failed attempt at a heart with Siwan. He tries to recover by scratching his head, but it’s still very awkward. (And cute!)

Other Funny Moments from “After Effect”

Remember how sad the song is? Some of the members didn’t get the memo and look a little too happy to be performing!

Exhibit A: Dongjun.

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Exhibit B: Hwanghee.

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Heechul, on the other hand, is way too serious. It’s like his soul left his body.

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Here is all three of them in the same frame.

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Some other moments:

Kwanghee: This is my center.

Siwan and Hyungshik: Let’s make a heart here.

Kwanghee: Okay, I’ll go up anyway.

(How many hearts did they make on this stage?)

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Minwoo: My love page has stopped, but I’m still happy.

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Taeheon, what’s wrong with your back?

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Are your shoulders okay, Siwan?

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Dongjun, we love you, but please stop.

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Yay, the song is almost over!

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Watch the full video (at your own risk). Video: Here 

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Who Is Ze:A?

Now that you know the song, it’s time to learn more about the group!

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ZE:A, or Children of Empire, is a group formerly under Star Empire Entertainment. There are nine members:

  • Lee Hoo /Moon Junyoung,
  • Kevin/Kevin Kim,
  • Kwang/Hwang Kwang-hee,
  • Siwan/Im Si-wan,
  • Taeheon/Kim Taeheon,
  • Heechul/Jeong Hee Cheol,
  • Minwoo/Ha Min Woo,
  • Hyungshik/Park Hyung-sik, 
  • Dongjun/Kim Dong-jun

Between 2010 and 2017, they released three studio albums, four single albums, two compilation albums, and four EPs. (Not including their Japanese or subunit releases).

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The members’ contracts with Star Empire expired in 2017, and they left the company. False rumors circulated that the group had disbanded. The artists and Star Empire itself confirmed that ZE:A is on hiatus but remains active.

You can still support ZE:A’s members in their solo projects. In fact, some of the idols are actors with their own films and K-dramas!

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Everyone’s heard of Park Hyung-sik, right? He’s appeared in “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”, “Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon,” and most recently “Soundtrack #1.” Hyungshik will join his fellow Wooga Fam members in “In the Soop: Friendship Trip” this summer. His newest drama “Youth Climb the Barrier” airs later this year.

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Im Si-wan has appeared in everything from historical dramas (“Moon Embracing the Sun”) to workplace dramas (“Misaeng: Incomplete Life”) and romance (“Run On”). This year, he starred in “Tracer” and made a cameo in “Thirty-Nine.”

Si-wan’s most recent film, “Emergency Declaration,” was screened at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in South Korea on August 3. He’ll appear in the series “Summer Strike” as the male lead.

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Kim Dong-jun is also a versatile actor. K-drama fans might recognize him from “Black” and “Joseon Exorcist”, while variety show watchers will remember him from “Delicious Rendezvous” and “Law of the Jungle.” Dongjun’s military service hasn’t stopped his TV appearances, either. He appeared in an episode of “The Backpacker Chef” on June 23, 2022.

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Finally, we can’t forget Variety King Hwang Kwang-hee. He’s appeared on and/or hosted many shows, including “Infinite Challenge,” Weekly Idol,” and “The Best Cooking Secrets.” This year, he hosted “Nego King” and “Healing,” just to name a few. 

So, what did you think of “After Effect”? Did any of these moments make you smile? Comment down below which one was your favorite!


About the author: Suji was studying in London in the year 2019 and, although being separated from her family, her passion for Korea was growing. She noticed that a lot of her close friends loved Korean culture, food, music, and dramas and gradually started to fall in love with Korea, but there weren't many opportunities to actually "experience" this wonderful nation!

Suji was aware of what she needed to do to introduce Korea to her friends' lives and, conceivably, to those of everyone else who was curious about a piece of Daehan Min-guk.

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