ROK Air Force's 'Les Miserables' goes viral
By Kang Seung-woo
A 13-minute YouTube clip parodying the Oscar tipped musical film “Les Miserables” by the South Korean Air Force media team and marching band is attracting online attention, with views hitting nearly 500,000, Thursday.
The humorous video clip, titled “Les Militaribles” and posted Wednesday, mainly depicts Jean Valjean, who is an enlisted man in the South Korean Air Force, facing struggles to strike a balance between his mandatory military duty ― shoveling snow in this version ― and spending time with his girl friend, named Cosette who pays him a visit despite the snowstorm.
Inspector Javert, who is portrayed as a harsh duty officer in the clip, hounds the airman to get him to return to his snow shoveling job.
Despite its short playing time, there are five full musical numbers ― “Look Down,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “The Confrontation,” “Red and Black” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
As of Thursday afternoon, the number of views has reached over 483,000.
"As much snow has fallen recently, we made this parody musical by linking soldiers' snow clearing duties with Les Miserables," said Maj. Chun Myung-nyeong of the media team.
In Korea, all able-bodied men over 20 are required to serve in the military for about two years under the country’s mandatory conscription system, and their winter duties include clearing snow, which they often call “waste from the sky.”