While I like the song a lot, with the video — which features no less than 36,000 students from Shaolin Tugu — the musical and visual work is highly captivating.
The footage is adapted from Dragon Girls, a documentary about three girls from China’s biggest martial arts school, located right next to the Shaolin monastery. In the video for “The New International Sound Pt. II,” young Kung fu students are shown sparring and practicing kicks, punches, open palm techniques, sword, and forms (pre-arranged sequences of different techniques and movements), as well as exercising, stretching, and hanging out or getting ready outside of practice.
However, while the choreography of the martial artists in the video is certainly impressive, what is more striking, if more subtle, I think, is the eyes of the students — full of determination, seriousness, and purpose.… Read the rest