It’s practically the love child of Happy Together and the With You music video.
In his first collaboration with Swedish DJ duo, Galantis for his latest single, Jackson Wang’s Pretty Please is the Mando-Kpop artist’s bet to rise in both US and Chinese charts. The beat is typical of modern club music that automatically makes you bob your head along, but the music video, interestingly so, is anything but modern.
Directed, written, and edited, by the man himself, in the behind-the-scenes interview, Wang reveals, “For the song, if you listen to it, you’re never gonna imagine a visual like this–but that’s like the little twist.”
Framed in a Frame
A defining factor of Wong Kar Wai’s works, if you’ve been blessed to watch one, is the frame-in-frame technique was beautifully put into play by Wang in Pretty Please. This is where you as the audience feel like you’re literally peeping into the lives of the characters on-screen having a sort of see-through barrier between you and the subjects.
This is probably the best story techniques he’s ever pioneered, akin to adding a sort of 5th wall which ironically makes it much more intimate and intense.
No Umbrella? No Problem
I don’t know what it is about Wong Kar Wai films and getting wet under the rain but yes, that checks out here as well even though the rain is seemingly only coming from an auntie’s watering can.
The Wong Kar Wai Lighting Method
It’s warm and brings out a certain sheen to the actors’ skin that somehow makes them subtly dazzling with “only” typical Hong Kong street lighting. It’s also something that I have yet to learn the name of, but for the sake of this layman cinephile, let’s just stick with the Wong Kar Wai lighting method.
That Iconic Street Corner
Recognize this corner restaurant? If you’re a fan of Wong Kar Wai then this area probably reminds you of that ballroom diner Tony Leung’s character worked at as a doorman for Bel-Air-set Happy Together.
A Dash of Modernity
Although the little bit of modernity it did call upon is evident in the dancing sequence. This is where we see Jackson Wang following his fancied lady along sidewalks while interpretatively dancing his yearning for her. Seems familiar? That’s because you’ve watched Chris Brown’s Forever music video probably a million times on MTV where you see the r&b singer doing the same exact thing.
It’s pretty obvious that the Chinese pop icon that Jackson Wang is known to be is truly proud of his race hence the concept not only for this video but for his previous 100 Ways single as well. In real life, however, Wang is making Chinese history himself as the first-ever Chinese artist to break through US Pop Radio’s Top 30 with 100 Ways, as well as the highest streamed Chinese Artist ever on Spotify.
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