This was one MV I was really eager to watch after finding out that Lang Lang and Kevin Lin were also involved in this song.
Lang Lang is an acclaimed Chinese pianist who has achieved many high honours as a concert pianist but who also loves to perform crossovers with other artistes to introduce classical music to more people, which is something that Jay has always promoted too. He had also performed with Jay previously in one of Song Zuying's concerts.
Kevin Lin wrote the lyrics for this song. He is Jay's good friend and a Taiwanese ultramarathoner (he did the Sahara Run, listening to Jay's music).
Translation of the lyrics: http://jaychoustudio.com/jay-chou-translations/dream-started/165
Come on go go go, let your dream start afresh
Different sweat, sweating out that different dream
When you are still continuing, of course I cannot say give up
Because of persistence we must believe even more so
You say you are always looking to surpass yourself on your run
I say I work hard on my music in order to go beyond this era
Throw all the disappointments and failures to the back of your mind
I am about to see the map of the world pass beneath your feet
Slowly open your eyes, slowly open your eyes
Look at the sky, even if you work hard you might be lonely
Open your heart, open your heart
If that opportunity arises, can you catch up?
Go ahead and smile, even if you keep failing
Stand up, try again, push away the frailties
Confidence is in the mind, don't let your soul become empty
Now and in the future I am cheering for you
More info and links here about Kevin Lin and Lang Lang:
JVR uploaded the official version at midnight on 1 March, which of course kept all the fans up in a fever of impatience.
The flurry of Shares on Facebook after that was quite impressive too!
What can I say?
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!
After it was released, I must have replayed it about five or six times before I was satisfied.
It is such an uplifting MV which just made me smile all the way!
(Actually, quite a few of his MVs from OPUS 12 have done that to me!)
Watch it for yourself and see!
I especially love the storyline and the three cute boys who portrayed the big guys in their younger days, especially the one who was Lang Lang...really wanted to pinch those chubby cheeks!
And the origin of fruity piano-playing was finally revealed...lol!
The footages of Kevin, Lang Lang and Jay were inspiring and it was quite interesting to see the difference in the skyline at the end of the MV, between when they were kids and adults.
Here's the BTS of the MV:
And *ahem*, clearly, these are two of my most favourite images from the MV (not for the faint-hearted!):