Capcom has released a Resident Evil Village music video parodying Japanese pop music from the ’80s. The video features famous Japanese Enka singer Yoshi Ikuzo singing a Resident Evil version of one of his most famous songs, “I’m Going To Tokyo” (俺ら東京さ行ぐだ). [Thanks, Famitsu!]
Since its release, the video has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube and was on the trending page of Japanese Twitter. The title of the video roughly translates to “I Don’t Like This Village Lv.100” (俺らこんな村いやだLv.100), and features gameplay of Resident Evil Village backed by Ikuzo’s vocals. Capcom has also uploaded an additional video which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production and an interview with the singer.
Yoshi Ikuzo, born Yoshihito Kamata, is a famous Enka singer in Japan. He rose to prominence after the release of his 1984 hit song “I’m Going To Tokyo,” about leaving his home town in Aomori prefecture to go to Tokyo. In it, he sings that he “hates the village” he lives in because there is no electricity, cafes, or movie theatres. The comedic, self-referential lyrics in the Resident Evil Village music video instead comment on how the inhabitants of the game’s village “have no conscience, no sanity.” Once again, Ikuzo sings that he “hates the village” and wants to go back to Tokyo “to buy Biohazard.”
Additionally, the video is chock-full of entertaining shots of Ikuzo reacting to some of the jump scares in the game, as well as belting out the phrase “YOU ARE DEAD!” The video ends with Ikuzo becoming a Lycan, which he stated was “the first time [he]’d ever done special effects make-up.”
You can check out the official video below:
Resident Evil Village will be released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Google Stadia on May 7, 2021. It will also come with a free copy of the multiplayer title Resident Evil Re:Verse. For those who want to play the game beforehand, Capcom also revealed that a demo of the game will be available to play starting May 2021.