Nike: Shanghai Fast
For the Shanghai Marathon, Nike China launches “SHANGHAI FAST“
celebrating the speed of Shanghai and the incredible athletes who run it.
The Shanghai marathon is one of the most important in China, and every year runners join from all over the world. So this year Nike will celebrate the speed of the city and the people in it with a brand new campaign,
”SHANGHAI FAST.“ Shanghai is one of the fastest moving, most prosperous cities in the world.
Being an athlete here means pushing yourself even harder which isn’t easy.
So Nike challenged athletes before the upcoming Shanghai Marathon — provoking them to live up to it’s speed — and be “SHANGHAI FAST.” The ninety-second film features a female runner at the end of a mundane run suddenly taunted by a series of mysterious city locals that challenge her to keep up with their speed.
”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." Said Erwin Federizo, Creative Director from W+K Shanghai.
As our heroine reaches the end of the chase, she glances back to find she is now the one being pursued by a horde of runners all gunning for her place as the new leader. A twisted reminder that in Shanghai, fast is just the beginning.
The film was directed by visionary film director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, Only God Forgives), known for his ability to breathe life into the cities in which his films take place. His signature use of neon lighting highlights the modernity of the city as we move from Shanghai’s traditional lane houses to its highest skyscrapers, a reflection of the city’s own personal growth.
The campaign kicked off with a city-wide take over, activating a variety of traditional and non-traditional OOH, interactive neon installations along popular running routes, social content, as well as in-store videos and graphics for the retail experience.
The artwork used for print executions was photographed by Pari Dukovic, whose adept use of camera movement and gel lighting delivers on strategy in the 2D media space and rounds out Nike and W+K’s push for the city’s dominance in the world of Fast.
Author Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai