“Unoder” by Under Byen. Directed by Manyar I. Parwani, an Afghan-born filmmaker living in Denmark. The art direction in this is spectacular.
Watch the music video below!
wow. very well done.
living/working here in small-town afghanistan, i’d say that would really cause some trouble here, if ppl knew you made something like that and you were living nearby.
you’re living in afghanistan evan?
I don’t understand it
this is based on the code of the japanese warrior – specifically “seppuku” the way a samurai must kill himself, in japanese culture it was seen as an honorable death
this is amazing. reminds me of Matthew Barney’s stuff.
cool. like Fever Ray
Not to cut hairs but the costumes are great but the art direction is a few squares and a smoke machine.
i was under the impression that an art director focuses the overall look/feel of the video, the costumes, set, everything
in any case i think the sparse set works well with the detailed costuming, just my 2 cents
Thanks Jeff, I already knew of “seppuku”, just didn’t (and still don’t) understand the relevance here. I guess it all looks rather good, but just didn’t move me in the way a good music video does. But maybe it’s the sounds. Hm.
Well personally I thought this was REALLY powerful. Loved it. The track was great too. The director did a great job creating an unsettling atmosphere and the mounting tension was perfect. He/She should do a video for Fever Ray – that would be a match made in heaven.
I don’t think I ever understood why art has to be ‘understood’. Take whatever you like from it.
under byen makes me a bit proud of being a dane
The costumes in this made me think of Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale.