Sticking together through tough times despite sibling rivalry

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Despite the change in plans Malaysians are experiencing this Chinese New Year (CNY), brands and agencies have kept the festive mood up by continuously rolling out exciting campaigns.

MARKETING Magazine always appreciates a creative and genuine campaign and today we take a look at one that is promoting togetherness while weathering challenging times with a tune that’s bound to get stuck in your head all day. 

Naga DDB Tribal in partnership with Watsons Malaysia has released a star-studded festive film revolving around the theme of forgiveness and togetherness regardless of obstacles. 

“With a lot of uncertainties happening nowadays, it shouldn’t spell the end for celebrations as we can always find ways to be together at heart. We should always help each other overcome whatever challenges, big or small,” said Raphael Ang, Head of Chinese Copy, Naga DDB Tribal.

The film follows the story of a famous singing duo sisters reconciling over a misunderstanding from the past and according to a statement issued by Watsons and Naga DDB Tribal, the intention behind the film was to remind everyone that they can always go through the hard times better when they stick together. 

The creative teams worked with production house Graph Studio to study the kind of music genre and content style that audiences nowadays enjoy the most. The end product is a musical drive storyline filled with drama, catchy songs that blend the 90s, K-pop, and Chinese musical instruments. 

“It’s a great honour to be back directing this year’s Watsons#HappyBeautifulYear film; it is always one of the most anticipated festive films for Malaysian every year,” said Film Director from Graph Studio, Derrick Yaw. “This year we believe we manage to find the right balance between entertainment and emotional drama that would resonate with the audience watching.” 

The extent to which Malaysians have resonated with the video is evident in the number of views it has garnered on. In less than two weeks since it was released, the video has over 6 million views and excited comments from viewers urging Watsons to release the full version of the songs featured in the film. 

The campaign was amped up further with appearances and collaboration of the popular singing duo among the Chinese community, Summer Grace Sisters, together with talented composer, Ang Chee Chiang, who play the main characters in the film. On top of that, the film also features Watsons celebrities and friends such as Danny Ahboy, HanXiiaoAii, Soimjenn, LizzChloe, Jinnyboy, Ayda Jebat and Amber Chia.

Watch the film here:

On another note, MARKETING Magazine’s annual Experts’ Choice Awards recognises the best of the best TVCs in Malaysia and your chance to be one expires in on 10 February.

So if you’ve been part of creating a CNY TVC this year, we highly recommend you submit an entry. Judged entirely by our readers, it is quite frankly the most prestigious TVC awards there is so don’t miss out on this spectacular chance to be recognised for your hard work.

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