Earlier today, Zayn Malik released his new music video for Dusk Till Dawn, which features Sia on the vocals, Jemima Kirke as his partner in crime, and scenes of a chaotic Chinatown to indicate that trouble is on the way.
During its first scenes, Malik, carrying a black suitcase, steps out in a Miami Vice–worthy pin-striped suit, with his shirt unbuttoned to show his tattooed chest. A mysterious woman in a black wig and thigh-high boots, played by Kirke, is carrying another suitcase. They walk into a phantasmagoria of Chinatown, with performers swinging swords, people walking around in qipaos, and market stalls displaying grilled duck. The exoticized surroundings of Chinatown are used as a trope: It’s telling us that we’re in a messy place now, and something bad is about to happen.