BoA’s “Make Your Move” Movie Review and Premiere Coverage


Soompi covers BoA’s highly anticipated “Make Your Move” featuring “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough!

Certainly without a dull moment, “Make Your Move” kicks off high energy, never once missing a chance to showcase its overwhelmingly talented stars. With a starkly different image than that of her old school idol persona, BoA plays an independent, adventurous, and effortlessly sexy Aya, a Zainichi Korean woman set on following her dreams with her fusion hip-hop Taiko group COBU. It is when Donny, played by Derek Hough, shows up and takes her head on in a club tap dancing battle that her world is pulled asunder. “Make Your Move” is a modern-day Romeo & Juliet (but much happier and definitely not sleep-inducing), jam packed with familial drama, intricate dance sequences, and a soundtrack appealing to all audiences. 


“Make Your Move” even features some of our SM faves, an f(x) track here, a Henry club track there. EXO’s Kris, f(x)’s Krystal, and Girls’ Generation’s Jessica are even featured in “Say Yes” during a pivotal part of the movie. Watch out for TVXQ’s Yunho’s cabaret-style solo dance (it may or may not have been my favorite part of the movie)!

The film is fun, engaging, and sometimes risque. As a long time fan of BoA, seeing her transformation from Valenti to a silver screen actress is certainly moving in more ways than one. Dropping some coarse language in the first quarter of the movie – “Are you [REDACTED] kidding me?” I feel you, BoA – was evidence enough that I was not prepared for the rest of the surprises in this movie. I found myself awed at the sheer amount of tap, contemporary dance, and fusion cultural performances in what felt like a short 110 minutes; BoA’s tireless work ethic is an impressive point of this film.


Notably, BoA’s maturity not only as a performer but as a grown woman shines in “Make Your Move.” Aya, a headstrong and fiercely loyal character, is probably not too different from her current image: a self-produced artist and successful businesswoman. BoA’s pretty much her own boss in real life; her characterization of Aya is accurate and believable. There is another part of the film – I feel very embarrassed to say this because I feel like I’ve seen BoA grow up – that truly shows how much of a grown woman she really is [coughs discretely]. You’ll know when you see it!


“Make Your Move” is visually and aesthetically intelligent; the film is easy to watch, and much of the contrast between characters and set design appear to be well-designed and symbolic of the progress in the film. The wide variety of music and dance styles are sure to entice even the most non-dance friendly of viewers as per writer and director Duane Adler’s time-tested dance romance movie skills. The film is vivid, gorgeous, and definitely worth a watch.

“Make Your Move” opened nationwide in theaters April 18, 2014. More information about the movie can be found at Be sure to let everyone know on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr with the hashtag #MakeYourMove!

Check out some of our photos from the official “Make Your Move” opening at the Grove in Hollywood!