Ad Nut
Aug 19, 2021

Jackie Chan does his own stunts for Shopee

The action legend doesn't break any bones in his newest film, but he does dance in a silly way that delights our pal Ad Nut, who has a soft spot for Shopee's over-the-top, orange-drenched ads.

It's not quite the Super Bowl, but Ad Nut has come to look forward to Shopee's annual campaign talking up its big 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

In fact, certain Campaign editors believe that Ad Nut got a little too excited when the brand featured Cristiano Ronaldo a couple years back (see "Ronaldo's Shopee ad is gloriously ridiculous"). But Ad Nut was vindicated when that ad topped Campaign's list of its most admired APAC ads for 2019. Ad Nut also waxed a bit rhapsodic about the last year's Shopee ad for Singapore, which featured local funnyman Phua Chu Kang.

"It's an absolute gem: Campy, ridiculous, cheesy, annoying, lighthearted, funny and probably effective," Ad Nut wrote a year ago.

And Ad Nut would say much the same about the just-released ad above, featuring absolute legend Jackie Chan.

The star is long past his death-defying days*, but he's still got good moves for a 67-year-old. And it's a delight to see him do the embarrassingly campy dance moves of the sort that made Ronaldo look so ridiculous. Good on Shopee for not changing its formula too much to suit each star. Ad Nut loves the silliness, the shamelessness, the bright colours, the barrage of onscreen text, the brain-melting Auto-Tuned jingle—all of it. Never change, Shopee.  

In addition to the ad, Chan will be earning his paycheck through a whole bunch of Shopee-related stuff, including a live interview on September 9, and lending his visage to giveaways, contests and virtual appearances in the Shopee Shake, Shopee Slice, and Shopee Steps in-app games. 

* Ad Nut is still amazed that Chan not only tried this stunt, where only two awnings broke a 25-meter fall, but did three takes. Lunatic.

Note: Ad Nut has purposely not mentioned the title of the tune in the ad, because Ad Nut has some unpleasant history with that particular piece of music (see "Baby Shark doo doo doo doo doo. LG Styler doo doo doo doo doo").

Ad Nut is a surprisingly literate woodland creature that for unknown reasons has an unhealthy obsession with advertising. Ad Nut gathers ads from all over Asia and the world for your viewing pleasure, because Ad Nut loves you. You can also check out Ad Nut's Advertising Hall of Fame, or read about Ad Nut's strange obsession with 'murderous beasts'.


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