The Japanese pop-rock band <a href=”/music/back-number”>back number</a> released the music video for their new song “Mabataki,” written as the theme song for the movie The 8-Year Engagement directed by the prolific veteran filmmaker Takahisa Zeze starring Takeru Sato and Tao Tsuchiya.
The 8-Year Engagement is based on a miraculous true story about a young woman who fell into a coma from illness shortly before her wedding and her fiancé who waited eight years for her recovery. The couple’s moving tale first became known through a YouTube video and was published in book form after receiving a great deal of media attention.
“Mabataki,” meaning to blink, is a wistful love song from the point of view of an ordinary man who longs to be with the one he holds dear. “Happiness isn’t about the repetition / Of starry nights and bright mornings,” croons frontman Iyori Shimizu, who writes all of the three-member band’s songs. “It’s about being able to hold an umbrella / When a loved one is caught in the rain.”
The ethereal clips of scenery inserted between the band’s performances in the music video were shot by four different visual artists in various locations and express universal human emotions. The collected images depict a surreal place that doesn’t actually exist.
The 8-Year Engagement will be released in Japanese theaters Dec. 16. Watch back number’s video here:
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