Faye Wong’s Ten Best ‘Minor’ Videos – #7

7. For the seventh best minor video, I’ve selected Faye Wong’s (王菲) English cover of Queen’s 1975 megahit, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This video was added to YouTube by Lilac1205 on 24 Feb 2008. She/he describes it as coming from the “Faye Wong 98~99 concert.” This is a bit misleading because it gives the impression that it’s part of the Hong Kong segment of the 1998-99 Scenic Tour concert. It’s actually from the Japan leg of the tour, which was staged on March 11-12, 1999, at the Budokan in Tokyo. (Faye held a second concert at the Budokan on Nov 1-2, 2001. The DVD, Faye Wong Japan Concert, was released in Dec 2002.) Faye was the first Chinese singer to perform in this arena, which is usually reserved for massive rock concerts. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is included in the CD (released in Dec 1999) for the HK concert, but it’s omitted from the VCD/DVD (released 1 Feb 2000). Thus, this is the only video for this song, from the tour, that I could find on YouTube. This video shows what Faye can do in a fully staged Broadway musical type number. Her power and range are awesome. Watching this, I can’t help but wonder why we haven’t seen Faye in a full-blown musical film. She sings and dances in some of her films, but I’d like to see a film where her singing dominates from beginning to end. ADDED: I’ve never seen an official VCD or DVD release for the March 1999 Budokan concert. However, I know that at least one, official or unofficial, exists. I’ve seen a copy of it, but the visual quality was poor. I’m not sure if there’s a better quality available commercially. Other videos from the Budokan 1999 concert are scattered around in YouTube, and I might try to gather them when I have time.

See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.

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