Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WORLD ORDER in 'West Side Story, Taipei Glory'

By Asia Pop Culture

City of Taipei is going to host the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival from February 4 to 17.   This year, the city government has selected an old part of the town as the festival's venue -- the vicinity around North Gate (Beimen).  According to the city government, one of the reasons for choosing this year’s venue is to let people learn more about the history and stories of this area – thus the title “West Side Story, Taipei Glory.” Festival goers can also look forward to a special give-away present of mini-rooster lantern this year!

WORLD ORDER in its MV of "Welcome to Tokyo"

Taipei City's Department of Information and Tourism (TPEDOIT) said this Tuesday that it has invited WORLD ORDER, the famous Japanese band, to perform at the opening of the 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival scheduled on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.  WORLD ORDER also has released a video clip on its official website and Facebook to announce their appearance in Taipei.

World Order (stylized as WORLD ORDER) is a Japanese band with an interesting history. The band was formed in 2009 by Genki Sudo (and a group of male dancers) following Sudo's retirement from mixed martial arts.  Sudo had been a MMA fighter.  The founder's martial arts fighting background probably partly explains why the band is best known for their choreographed robotic dance.

The group has gained high praise, particularly from abroad, for their play on the visual stereotype of Japanese office workers.  On March 15, 2012, at a promotional event in Tokyo, World Order set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Robot Dance" at 647 people.  Then in February 2015, WORLD ORDER was featured in the 26th season premiere of the CBS reality show The Amazing Race.

According to Wikipedia, WORLD ORDER's YouTube channel has over 75 million views as of July 2016.  We checked out the YouTube channel and picked an MV - Boy Meets Girl - with a funnier story line to showcase the group's unique dance style to share with our readers.  The guy front and center in the video is Sudo, the MMA fighter founder turned singer and dancer.

This particular video has garnered 5.6 million views on YouTube as of today.  Hope you guys like it, and don't forget to check out 2017 Taipei Lantern Festival if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
 
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