Jamie XX 'GOSH' video in Tianducheng

It looks like Paris but the setting in Jamie XX’s latest video is almost 6,000 miles away in China.

Directed by Romain Gavras, ‘GOSH’ shows a leader and his army of young martial artists in Tianducheng – a ghost town on the outskirts of Hangzhou that was designed as a replica of the French capital.

Tianducheng has a 300 ft copy of the Eiffel Tower, Haussmannian-style buildings and a main square named after the Champs Elysées. Away from the town centre are a series of Brutalist housing blocks. Gavras used drone photography to capture the 400-strong cast within these empty settings.

Construction on Tianducheng began in 2007 but, today, the town holds just a fraction of the 100,000 residents it was meant to house.

Jamie XX 'GOSH' video in Tianducheng

Gavras has previously directed music videos for MIA in the Arabian Desert and The Last Shadow Puppets in Moscow.

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Tomo is a London-based writer covering design and architecture. He contributes to The Spaces.

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