In Japan, John Mayer’s silhouette is seen through an Parisian blue square. It turns into a door and he steps into elevator. A geisha waddles through an amaranth red lit room.
Lit in amaranth red, an older man snarls his lip, impatient as he sits in his chair. Meanwhile, a young woman sits, wearing a veil, butterflies flying around her. A young woman bites her lip when she sees Mayer at the elevator. He grins at her and the young woman and dances towards her. They exchange glances in the hallway but Mayer looks away. The young woman takes off her eye patch.
He steps into the older man’s room. Geishas fan themselves as they walk by in a group. Sword fighters size him up. The older man points and a geisha heads out. Mayer views the young woman in a view above the older man, sitting in the cupboard.
The older man urges Mayer to talk and isn’t impressed. The geishas fan him. A young woman, with a short haircut, questions his motives. Then, Mayer dances with two pandas. The older man rolls his eyes.
In Parisian blue light, two men prepare for a sword fight and then face off against one another. In the amaranth red, Mayer sits in the cupboard with her, his back facing her, talking.
Back in the room, the sword fighters and partygoers have joined in Mayer’s dance. One of the pandas nods his head to the music and then dances underneath the marigold light. The older man tightens his lips as he holds a box. He throws it at Mayer and Mayer catches it. Mayer waves at him and returns to the elevator. Inside the elevator, he opens the box and sees two butterflies. The door closes and he watches one fly by his head.
The older man wants to protect the young woman from John Mayer. The young woman told him what happened while she was dating him. Each night, he heard her sobs, shaming herself for not being good enough.
However, Mayer decides to charm himself back inside and make a fool of himself to prove he’s really sorry. Once he gets the pandas involved, it’s difficult to actually believe him. The older man sees him as a joke. Mayer wins over the crowd of sword fighters and geishas, to the older man’s dismay. Begrudgingly, the older man hands over the box to appease Mayer.
Mayer wants to set the record straight and say the things he should’ve said then. However, it’s too late. Nonetheless, he’s unable to face the young woman. For a few split seconds, Mayer is vulnerable. Otherwise, he hides it by mocking his apology. Then, he gets what he wants and leaves. Mayer should’ve reached out to the older man who despises him. Taking off proves the older man’s point about him that he can’t be trusted.
Director: Mister Whitmore Year: 2017