Peng Lei isn't just the lead singer of New Pants, one of China's biggest indy rock bands. He's also director of what he claims was the country's first science fiction movie, Peking Monster, and an artist and robot fanatic.
Peng Lei made Peking Monster between 2004 and 2006, and he tells The Creators Project:
From 2004 to 2006, I made my first short film, which was called Peking Monster; and it was the first science fiction film in China... During that time in China most filmmakers were known for making very high tech movies, and that was the trend. But I've always been really rebellious, so I decided to make this film using stop motion animation. We made all these clay and rubber models by ourselves, then took pictures of them, moved them, and combined them in the end as a whole film.
Here's the movie's surreal trailer, complete with weird zappy eye beams going between two pulsating people, awesome claymation creatures, a girl with scary red glowy eyes and a blue zombie dude. Basically, everything a movie needs:
He started out as a punk rock musician, but after three albums, his band lost its drummer, so they switched to more of a dance-pop sound using drum machines. Meanwhile, he just directed his first play, I'm Happy To Be So Alone, which used live special effects which he created himself. He's also become well known for his robot toy collection as well as his art — he told Wallpaper his creative output is summed up by three terms: "Absolute realism, duplicity, Chinese post-wave." Here's one of his paintings:
And if you're noticing a sort of cartoony, claymation-y feel to his work, then you'll see it once again in New Pants' music video, "Wo Ai Ni" ("I Love You"). You have to love the girl's giant yellow clown shoes and weirdly placed breasts: