A Woman's Evening Run Turns Into a Mysterious Adventure in Seductive Spot From Nike China

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Nov 09, 2017

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Nike in the past has faced a big challenge in promoting running in China, where it's had to battle everything from smog to negative perception of the sport as punishment. But in this new ad from Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai, it posits running as a thrilling adventure.

A young woman who appears to have just completed her everyday evening run looks a bit disappointed when she eyes her smartwatch, the time reading 5'40." Knocking her when she's down, a mysterious figure then appears out of nowhere to taunt her further, beckoning her to do go faster and do something a little more daring. The runner then makes her way through dark alleys and buildings, up staircases, and through an army of exercisers before arriving at a huge, Olympics-size stadium, where she zips around the track with pro athletes. At the end of the ride, she heaves another breath and checks her watch. This time, she's shaved more than 40 seconds off her time.

The "Shanghai Fast" film arrives just in time for the Shanghai marathon. Director Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Bronson," "Only God Forgives") brought his flair for capturing the seductiveness of cities to the ad, produced out of Stink Shanghai. Erwin Federizo, creative director at W+K Shanghai explains in a statement: "What unfolds in this simple idea is an evolution to an adrenaline-fueled chase sequence; capturing not only the physical mechanics and intrigue of a classic film chase through the streets, alleyways, and rooftops of the city, but also the unmistakable beauty and spirit of old and new Shanghai. This film is just as much a love letter to the city of Shanghai as it is a motivating Nike ad."

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Nov 09, 2017
Wieden & Kennedy Shanghai
Executive Creative Director:
Ian Toombs
Executive Creative Director:
Vivian Yong
Creative Director:
Erwin Federizo
Art Director:
Max Pilwat
Arlene Lu
RunQ Zhang
Senior Experiential Creative:
Marula Vaz
Head of Integrated Production:
Sanne Drogtrop
Executive Producer:
Bernice Wong
Senior Producer:
Raymond Lau
Post Producer:
Jacob Lincoln
Post Producer:
Fang Yuan
Art Producer:
Angela Liu
Senior Editor:
Leon Yan
Senior Planner:
Leon Yan
Junior Planner:
Carina Huang
Business Director:
Dino Xu
Associate Director:
Jim Zhou
Senior Account Manager:
Qinna Ye
Account Manager:
Shawn Kai
Senior Account Executive:
Xueer Ren
Head of Project Management:
Nicole Bee
Business Affairs:
Jessica Deng
Business Affairs:
Kathy Zhan
Head of Design:
Fish Ho
Deer CL
Fan He
Meng Ke
Benson Pang
Production Manager:
Vic Zhang
Production Manager:
Stone Xue
Digital Imaging Artist:
Changqing Lee
FA Artist:
Austin Hu
Director, Marketing:
Jessica Sinn
PR Manager:
Evelyn Hsu
Production Company:
Nicolas Winding Refn
1st Assistant Director:
Jo Chan
Second Assistant Director:
Gary Hua
Director, Photography:
Adolpho Veloso
Main Camera Operator:
Florian Hatwagner
Main Camera Operator:
Camera Operator:
Myron Mance
Managing Director:
Desmond Loh
Executive Producer:
Desmond Loh
Executive Producer:
Brenda Tham
Line Producer:
Julie Chen
Line Producer:
Li Jia
Production Manager:
Allen Tsao
Art Director:
Chang Hsiao Shu
Wardrobe Stylist:
Julian Mei
Wardrobe Stylist:
Damian Huang
Sports Coach:
Eddie McClements
Sports Coach:
Ariel Sheng
Aplus Casting
Lost Planet
Saar Klein
Jason Hinkley
Assistant Editor:
Lee Bacak
Evan Cunningham
Aimee Hinkley
Executive Producer:
Gary Ward
Company 3
Tom Poole
Alexandra Lubrano
Finishing/Visual Effects:
Creative Director:
David Parker
Lead Flame Artist:
Tim Bird
Flame Artist:
Matt Trivan
Flame Artist:
Scott Johnson
Flame Artist:
Jameson Desantis
Visual Effects Producer:
David Won
Executive Producer:
Nancy Hwang
Cliff Martinez
Tim Lincoln
Mix and Sound Design:
Aaron Glascock
Production Company:
Pari Dukovic
Wardrobe Stylist:
Victoria Mesenbrink
Executive Producer:
Desmond Sng
Sky Xu

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