Have you ever seen something so effortlessly kickass?
Released just a few days ago, the longboarding video, titled AO DAI & LONGBOARD AROUND SAIGON, had already been watched some 140,000 times when it was posted on local Facebook forums. It’s difficult to put a label on what it is, as the clip hovers between short film and music video, and could even pass for a highly stylized television commercial for áo dài and longboards. We do know something for sure — it exudes enough cool to extinguish the most heated of Saigon days.
The video was produced by and stars Mac Thu Thao and Le Quynh Tram, both Saigon-based longboard riders, along with a team of friends. Set to the tune of a funky rendition of classic anthem ‘Sai Gon,’ the music video is an intersection of various interests, subcultures and aesthetics that, somehow, meshed together perfectly to form a sleek tribute to áo dài and Saigon.
If we have to describe the video’s vibe in one word: Black Swan-White Swan dynamic-meets-pre-1975 street style-meets-Duong Giap’s now-famous collection of skateboarding illustrations. As Thao and Tram glides across famous Saigon landmarks in their black and white áo dài — from Nguyen Hue Walking Street to the Saigon Central Post Office — a troupe of other longboarding friends joins in, making the situation rather surreal. Imagine a future or alternative universe when this becomes the city’s most common mode of transport?
Have a peek at the clip below:
inSaiGon Sai Gon in your pocket ! Source