“Gashina”: Is Sunmi Korea’s New Kween of Koreography?


Three and a half months have passed since Sunmi eclipsed the competition with Full Moon, her first solo EP outside of her work with Wonder Girls. Following the poignant disbanding of Wonder Girls after a wig snatching but short lived Reboot in 2015, Sunmi is back to eliminate the other girls with her addictive trop-pop bop “Gashina” – one thorny gun finger at a time.

Although the sultry mood of “Gashina”’s mid-tempo chorus is hooking, Sunmi’s main attraction with “Gashina” is by far the choreography. A double entendre, “Gashina” refers to both thorns on a flower and a farewell statement made to the departed – both of which are embodied within Sunmi’s perfectly executed choreography. ‘Gashina’ also has a slightly derogatory meaning in Korea and, while Sunmi’s agency MakeUs Entertainment have renounced claims that this meaning is associated with the song, the choreography to “Gashina” seems to entertain it.

Bouncing around in an adorably girlish and graceful way, Sunmi’s demeanour completely transforms once the beat of “Gashina”’s chorus drops. Intimidatingly bopping her head in sync with the kick drum, Sunmi erotically runs her gun finger down her jerking body before firing it as she holds her blood red lips. A glimmer of panic overcomes Sunmi’s face, her body recoiling to epitomize the power of the shot, before converting back into her cute persona. Sunmi closes the “Gashina” routine by sprouting thorns with her fingers, a symbolization of the dangerous side to those irresistible charms.

While the K-pop girls almost always deliver when it comes to their choreography, I don’t remember the last time I felt this entranced by a routine. It tells the story of “Gashina” amazingly well, and Sunmi is able to portray the “Gashina” character with such conviction that it’s hard to imagine her (or anyone, really) ever topping such a brilliant concept – and, of course, truly captivating choreography.



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