The Belle Game - River (Official Video)

Vancouver band the Belle Game's excellent track "River" (off their album Ritual Tradition Habit) has a new music video by director Kheaven Lewandowski. It follows a Japanese rent-boy, played by Hiraku Kawakami, who embarks on a journey after one violent, intense night.

Here's what Lewandowski said about the video:

The idea with the 'River' video from the very beginning, was that it had to reflect the tone and themes of the song while visually being able to stand up with it and serve as a companion piece. I thought it would be interesting to explore the ideas of the song through a character and subculture we'd never seen before. One thing led to the next, and a Japanese rent-boy odyssey story was conceived, and felt right.

Making it turned out to be a whole different story, which took about 5 months with many ups and downs. We just never lost sight of the fact that it was an opportunity to tell a unique story with an amazing soundtrack, that explores a world that most people have never even heard of; and at it's core, is something everyone can relate to. It was definitely a video worth fighting to make.

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