A video of Bruce Lee playing ping pong with nunchucks has garnered attention via social media lately. Is this video real?
It’s not real.
It was a commercial created in 2005 by Nokia for a limited edition Bruce Lee cell phone. The award-winning commercial was produced by JWT Shanghai, and was created to look as if it were filmed in the late 60s or early 70s. They used a Bruce Lee lookalike. The men playing ping pong mimicked the motions of an actual game, but the ball was inserted digitally after the fact. At first we see “Lee” beating a single opponent, and then taking on two opponents at the same time. There is also video of “Lee” lighting a cigarette – with his nunchucks - as it dangles from another man’s mouth.
It’s interesting to note that the commercial only showed the phone for a few seconds.
Here are the credits as given in an interview, found here.
Agency: JWT Shanghai
Creative Director: Yang Yeo
Art Director: Lillie Zhong, YongLiang Yang
Writer: Jacqueline Ye, Rafael Freire
Designer: Sean Tang
Original Artist: YongLiang Yang
Client Service: Betty Tsai
Agency Production: Liza Law, Tao Shen, Hester Lim, Joseph Yu
Agency Producer: Jane Zhang
Director: Hailong Li
Production House: One Productions (Beijing)
Producer: Xue Wu, Yuncheng An
Editor: Chun Huang, Jing Li
Music Company: Vision Unit Production
Composer: Jiangzhou Feng
The video of Bruce Lee playing ping pong with nun-chucks was a television commercial created in 2005 by Nokia for a limited edition Bruce Lee cell phone.