A-mei gets her freak on

A-mei gets her freak on
Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (in pic) in a scene from her new music video, Freak Show. A-mei’s head sticks out terrifyingly from a hole in the ground while six children's limbs emerge from surrounding potholes, twirling and curling all over her, forming a giant creepy-crawly.

Blonde wig paired with glaring green lipstick.

Ashen-faced, half-dressed children contorting their nimble bodies.

A human iris glowing bright and yellow like an incandescent eagle's eye.

Welcome to Taiwanese pop diva A-mei's Freak Show.

The 42-year-old Mandopop star's latest studio album Amit 2 is her scariest, weirdest and most grotesque piece of work in her nearly two-decade career.

Yet, like an expertly-executed horror flick, it is also mesmerising.

Her aptly-titled new music video Freak Show sees the aboriginal singer - A-mei hails from Taitung county's Puyuma tribe - and director Bill Chia venturing boldly into macabre territory.

Some scenes are definitely not for the faint-hearted or squeamish.

Reportedly inspired by the 2009 Dutch horror movie The Human Centipede which revolved around a demented surgeon performing sadistic experiments on victims he traps in his house, A-mei's disturbing Freak Show features her and a bunch of Maddie Ziegler lookalikes (Ziegler is the lone child dancer in Australian singer Sia's Chandelier MV) transforming into a "human spider".

In a nutshell, A-mei's head sticks out terrifyingly from a hole in the ground while the kids' limbs emerge from surrounding potholes, twirling and curling all over her, forming a giant creepy-crawly.

Eyeballs of different sizes sprout up on their arms and palms.

Another scene has a pumping chest sliced open, revealing arteries and veins.

In a press release sent via her record label Universal Music, A-mei revealed that when she first saw her hair and make-up in the video playback, she was taken aback by her own appearance.

"It's frightening!" she told the production crew on set. "Will children cry after watching this?"

Her colleagues joked: "Parents won't allow their children to watch it."

With the help of special effects, A-mei's black pupils were made to look like tiny dots, surrounded by the enlarged whites of her eye.

"This time round, we had a lot of fun playing around with my eyes," said A-mei.

"Image-wise, it's very different from my previous outing as Amit."

Amit 2, out on iTunes on April 4, marks the second time A-mei is releasing a full-length album as her alter ego Gulilai Amit (her aboriginal birth name).

Her first was Amit in 2009, which went on to bag her three coveted accolades - Best Mandarin Female Singer, Best Mandarin Album and Song Of The Year - at the 2010 Golden Melody Awards, Mandopop's highest annual honours.

Artistically, Amit 2 looks set to outdo its predecessor.

In a nod to "post-modern performance art", director Chia deliberately chose a minimalist all-white background for Freak Show.

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