Music video for Princess of China by British rock band Coldplay, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna. The band released the song on radio in February but the MV only came out in June. Decent music and great video to go with it…
Not so China?
While generally praised, the MV drew some criticism that it’s not really Chinese. Thing is, although some of the elements are famously associated with other cultures (Thai and Japanese), there could be found in China too.
And let’s not forget that many East Asian traditions originated from ancient China.
Besides, it’s obvious that the Asian elements are taking reference from pop culture products. Many of the scenes reminded me of Chinese director Zhang Yimou. And the fight scenes probably came from Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Take the “China” part with a pinch of salt and this is a nice piece of entertainment.