J-pop singer-songwriter AI shared her new music video accompanying her latest release, “Bokura wo matsu basho” (“The place that awaits us”), featured as the theme song of Japanese film director Yu Irie’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, AI Hokai (“AI Amok,” in English).
Irie was tapped to direct the music video for AI’s warm, inspirational ballad that sings about having a place to come home to. He notes: “The movie is about ‘AI’ (artificial intelligence), and thought that the real, encompassing voice of a female singer would be ideal as its theme.”
Regarding his choice of AI — pronounced “eye” — as the artist to write the track, he insists that no puns were intended. “People asked me if I was joking at first, but she wrote a great song,” he said.
AI shares that recording the song was sometimes difficult because writing it made her “cry more than I’ve ever cried in my life.” To express the theme of the touching number, the video takes the form of a mini-documentary focusing on the real lives of three different families. One man runs a child-development daycare center and is a father of two small children himself. A young single mother works as a bar hostess to make a living while raising her only daughter. An elderly man cares for his apparently frail wife and a pup that seems to be getting on in years as well.
The scenes where AI is singing by the sea were shot at Tojo-kaigan beach in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, where a pivotal scene in the movie also was shot.
Yu Irie’s AI Hokai — an original story written by the director depicting a near-future Tokyo thrown into chaos by artificial intelligence networks running out of control — opens in Japanese theaters Jan. 31.