Ki: Theory’s “Stand By Me” video is brutal.

Below is one of the most powerful music videos I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of music videos.  (80’s kid here.)  It’s Ki: Theory’s cover of Ben E. King’s 1968 “Stand By Me.”

Not only is it a terrific cover, but the video combined with the music make it an intense, atmospheric short film.  It’s surprising how much storytelling and emotion the actors and director convey — and all in under three and a half minutes.

Be warned — it’s pretty dark stuff, and a little graphic.

 

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