In this music documentary, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the young men who make up the hugely popular Korean boy band BTS.
The documentary covers some of the Love Yourself World Tour, which took the world by storm. Band members (RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook) talk candidly about what it’s like to tour the world and describe how the experience of touring affects each of them as individuals. They also reflect on their devotion to their fans and their craft. They discuss what they’ve lost as well as what they’ve gained and how, despite the ups and downs, they’ve grown into an unexpected phenomenon. They say that they hope to use their talents and success to inspire others and bring messages of comfort to the world.
The price of fame; vanity; loneliness; hiding who you truly are
There’s no violence in Break the Silence: The Movie.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Break the Silence: The Movie shows some use of substances. For example, an opening scene shows the band members drinking cans of Heineken Beer. They talk about how drunk they might get and decide to turn off the camera before viewers see anything unfortunate.
Nudity and sexual activity
Break the Silence: The Movie shows some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- While doing a dance move on stage, a band member slides his hand up his chest inside his shirt. This lifts up his shirt and exposes part of his bare chest.
- For a split second during a dance move, a band member appears to put his hand on his groin.
The following products are displayed or used in Break the Silence: The Movie:
- All band members drink Heineken beer over dinner.
- Band members wear branded clothing.
- Band members wear their own BTS merchandise at times, specifically shirts and sweatshirts. Their merchandise is also noted in a news segment leading up to their concert in LA.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Break the Silence: The Movie is a music documentary featuring interview clips, concert performances and a candid behind-the-scenes look at what life is like for BTS. The movie is subtitled, because much of the dialogue is in Korean. This means it’s best suited to older audiences who can follow subtitles. And it’s certainly well suited to BTS fans.
The main messages from this movie are to love yourself, find out what makes you happy and follow your heart. The boys are living their dream and hope to inspire others to do the same.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include teamwork, persistence, dedication, helpfulness, gratitude, compassion and empathy.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the following real-life issues like the:
- downsides of fame – isolation, long hours, loss of friendships, the need to hide your feelings and parts of yourself
- consequences of drinking too much
- pressure of focusing on your appearance and how others see you
- responsibility, pressure and loneliness that can come with being in the public eye
- toll of pretending to be something or someone that you’re not.