Posted September 6, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

FKA twigs Shows Off Her Martial Arts Skills

FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs

FKA twigs and acclaimed filmmaker Hiro Murai have collaborated to produce a seven-minute fantasy film for the woozy new twigs tune, “Sad Day.” Co-conceived by the pair and directed by Murai, “Sad Day” is Murai’s first music video since his Grammy-winning video for Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” in 2018, which won in the “Best Video of the Year” category. You can watch the “Sad Day” film, which finds twigs engaging in some pretty sophisticated swordplay, here.

The film is the culmination of three years of training in the art of Wushu for FKA twigs, who originally took up the discipline in 2017 under the guidance of Master Wu of the Shaolin Wushu Centre. Master Wu is the highest ranking Wushu master in the west.

“Everything I’ve previously done with my body, all the training and dancing, has led to this point,” says twigs in a press release about the video.

Filmed in FKA twigs’ London hometown, it’s about twigs “finding magic in the city I’ve lived in for over ten years,” as she puts it, with the musician and filmmaker starring alongside co-star Teake, whom twigs cast through social media, as they battle on the streets of London. 

In part inspired by a line in FKA twigs’ “Home With You” (“never seen a hero like me in a sci-fi”) and representing just how far we will go for love, “Sad Day” sees FKA twigs becoming the hero she wanted to see growing up but never saw in mainstream cinema. The video premiered exclusively on FXX’s Cake and is now available for streaming everywhere, including FX on Hulu.


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