Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to circulate a parody song of Korean pop music hit "Gangnam Style" after an inspired group streamed a remake of the video online called Oppan Brunei Style on YouTube on Friday night.
The video comes a week after the popular dance move hit fever pitch in the streets of Kuala Lumpur with over a million viewers on YouTube.
The popular single, originally sung and performed by PSY, reached number one in the Korean charts and had also been featured in the US and UK charts. Since the release of Gangnam Style, which is inspired by a district in South Korea, the comical horse-riding dance routine has garnered mainstream appeal across the world.
As of September 14, 2012, the original Gangnam style video is also the most viewed Korean music video amassing over 168 million hits. Even pop icon Britney Spears showed keen interest to perform the "Gangnam Style" dance.
The Oppan Brunei Gangnam Style video featured various segments filmed at a number of popular places such as Kampung Ayer, the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, BEQ Equestrian Centre as well as The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The video garnered more than 12,000 hits in less than 24 fours. The five-minute-long video was produced and directed by Pengiran Mohd Nasir and Kenny Tchung with the latter also playing one of the characters in the video.
It struck them as an idea before the start of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and filming was done in different periods prior to the completion date, according to Pengiran Mohd Nasir, who plays PSY in the video.
The vacationing student was taken by surprise by the overwhelming response and attention he had received since the video went online. "I don't think any of us thought it would become such a hit. My dedicated group of friends, everyone connected to the making of the video were already happy when we got a few hundred views. The fact that it went over 10K in less than 24 hours was quite unbelievable," he said.
Pg Mohd Nasir, who has a horse-riding background, told the Bulletin that they had fun filming the video.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin