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JWT Bangkok's ‘Tinydoll’ Packs Another Punch At Cannes

Kleenex’s #GentleNotWeak short film starring martial arts star Rika Ishige wins Gold and Silver at the Health & Wellness Competition

JWT Bangkok's ‘Tinydoll’ Packs Another Punch At Cannes

J. Walter Thompson Bangkok’s ‘Tinydoll’ film for Kleenex, raising awareness of Thailand’s bullying problem, was just awarded Gold on Branded Content and Silver on Film Craft.

Having garnered 1.5 million views on YouTube and Facebook, the 6-minute long-take film features former bully victim turned martial arts star Rika Ishige.

International facial tissue brand Kleenex turned the spotlight on the problem of bullying by featuring Rika Ishige, Thailand’s top female ONE Championship athlete also known as ‘Tinydoll’. A former victim of child bullying, Rika turned her life around after discovering her confidence through sports and martial arts.

She chose to speak out about her childhood as a small and very delicate half-Japanese girl growing up in Thailand.

Recent research shows that Thailand has the world's second highest percentage of children being bullied at school. According to the survey conducted by the Department of Mental Health, about 600,000 children are being bullied at school each year, and 40 percent of these children are bullied by their peers.

In the film created by J. Walter Thompson Bangkok and shot by Baz Poonpiriya (the award-winning director behind box-office hit ‘Bad Genius’), the audience follows Rika’s story as she powers through adversity with her soft and gentle nature to overcome the bullies and become a martial arts champion.

Gaurav Gupta, Marketing Director, Kleenex said, “The journey of pursuing our personal best is filled with ups and downs. At Kimberly Clark we believe that Kleenex has the power to provide a touch of positivity to help uplift us when we are down and inspire us to pursue our best.”

Tuangrat Vuthicharn, Group Brand Manager said, “Thai women, like women all over the world, face insurmountable challenges in breaking the glass ceiling in various fields. Rika’s journey as a professional fighter has not only broken stereotypes of what Thai women can and cannot do but has also served as an inspiration for millions of Thai women to not be disillusioned by setbacks and to continue to pursue their dreams – values which we believe align perfectly with what Kleenex wishes to stand for.”

Added João Braga, Chief Creative Officer J. Walter Thompson Bangkok, “It was amazing to tell Rika’s story, she’s such an inspiring role-model both as a sportsperson and as a spokesperson for victims of bullying the world over. To win at Cannes is an affirmation of the tremendously talented team who worked on this campaign.”

Client

Advertiser: Kleenex

Client Team: Supannapa Traitonwong

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: JWT Bangkok

Creative Director: Thasorn Boonyanate

Copywriter: Thasorn Boonyanate/ Supalerk Silarangsri

Art Director: Kusuma Arunanondchai/ Intira Tripukdeekul/ Danai Apiwatmongkol

Producer: Michelle Abeleda

Chief Creative Officer: João Braga

Group Account Director: Michelle Abeleda

Head of Planning: Prachawan Ketavan

Account Director: Jit-aree Chotivithayaporn

Production Company

Production Company: Houseton Film

Executive Producer: Amorn Nilthep

Director: Nattawut Baz Poonpiriya, (Co-Director) Wattanapong Wongwan

DOP: Phaklao Jiraungkoonun

Producer: Amorn Nilthep

Offline

Editor: Amorn Nilthep

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: After Shoot Bangkok

Sound

Sound Company: Soundwave

Sound Designer: Kritakorn Tanuchaikar