The most memorable moment for Blackpink member Rose while filming their documentary was hanging out with her bandmates and watching old footage of the quartet from before the K-pop girl group became a chart-topping global sensation.

New Zealand-born Rose, 23, says at a press conference live-streamed from Seoul on Tuesday: “When we were looking at all our old footage together – those from our childhood and clips of us still as trainees – that was the most memorable. It was four of us just talking about stories we had from those times and teasing each other a lot.”

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K-pop phenomenon Blackpink comprise (from far left) Jisoo, Rose, Jennie and Lisa

She appeared in knee-high boots and was seated socially distanced from the other members.

Blackpink: Light Up The Sky, which premiered on Netflix yesterday, is a way for the group to get closer to fans.

Member Jennie, 24, who wore a menswear-inspired white shirt, says: “From our trainee days to our debut to today, it shows all the hard work manifested on stage, but it also shows authentic moments we have offstage that we can share with fans.”

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Jisoo, 25, and Thailand-born Lisa, 23, complete the quartet, which are one of the most successful K-pop girl groups of all time.

Their debut songs Boombayah and Whistle hit No. 1 and 2 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Charts in 2016. The music video for their 2018 song Ddu-Du Ddu-Du has 1.3 billion views – the most for any K-pop group.

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The Blackpink girls are also fashion stars. Lisa, the rapper of the group was announced as Celine’s first global ambassador in Sept.

The members are also active in fashion and beauty, being the face of brands such as luxury French fashion houses Dior, Chanel, Celine and Saint Laurent.

In the documentary, the four members have individual sit-down interviews and conversations about their gruelling trainee days and journey to fame get personal and emotional, with some shedding tears.

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Sister act.

The camera also goes behind the scenes of the group’s Coachella performance last year. They were the first female K-pop act to perform at the California music festival.

Vocalist Jisoo, hair pulled back in a ponytail and with gold hoops on her ears, says: “We wanted to show Blinks (the name given to Blackpink fans) the honest side of ourselves, so having those heart-to-heart conversations was very necessary for us.”

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Lisa, the group’s rapper, sported her signature bangs and wore a maroon suit.

She says of having a camera crew constantly around: “At first, it was a little awkward and we weren’t fully comfortable. But I think when we got used to it, we just forgot about it and became more playful.”

She says of having a camera crew constantly around: “At first, it was a little awkward and we weren’t fully comfortable. But I think when we got used to it, we just forgot about it and became more playful.”

“The four of them are really like sisters, like family. I hope the film will humanise them.”

Documentary director Caroline Suh

New Zealand-born Rose is a Saint Laurent poster girl.

The group credit feeling open and comfortable during filming to Korean-American documentary director Caroline Suh (Salt Fat Acid Heat, 2018).

While K-pop agencies, like Blackpink’s management YG Entertainment, are usually fiercely protective of their artists’ image, Suh says in a separate video interview with The Straits Times that she faced no pushback during filming.

“YG really stepped back when we were planning the film and deferred to the Blackpink members about what they were comfortable shooting and talking about.”

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Korean-American director Caroline Suh is behind Blackpink: Light Up The Sky.

Suh, who was present at the press conference via video call, admits she was not an avid listener of K-pop before working with Blackpink. Her impressions of the group changed after working with them.

“I realised through filming that the members are very involved in the creative process of their music. I previously thought that they just got songs delivered to them.” She adds: “The four of them are really like sisters, like family. I hope the film will humanise them.”

Jennie reflects on the members’ relationship: “We’ve been together since we were teenagers to now, when we are in our 20s. We’ve seen one another grow and we’re very open about our opinions among ourselves.”

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Aside from documentaries, Blackpink are keen to explore other ways of enhancing the fan experience.

Jisoo says: “Music doesn’t stop at music these days. The visuals are important, audiences like to take part in the music they listen to and maybe imitate it. “There are many different factors involved now and we always want to bring something new to the table. I think that’s why our fans love us.”

This article first appeared in The Straits Times