W+K Tokyo's Inspiring Nike Campaign Urges Athletes to Challenge Their Limits
Nike Japan has launched a new advertising campaign called “#Minohodoshirazu.” (Don’t know your place) The 60-second TV spot and digital media content went live today. Prior to the full-launch, the campaign out-of-home advertising started on August 1 around Tokyo.
The phrase “Minohodoshirazu” is typically used as an insult directed at people who are seen as overly ambitious. However, Nike believes that “not knowing your place” and not placing limits on yourself is an ideal mindset for athletes. By combining the idea of “Minohodoshirazu” with “Japanese athletes challenging their limits,” Nike wanted to give the phrase a surprising, positive meaning.
W+K Tokyo, the agency behind the campaign, hoped to inspire Japanese youth with Nike’s JUST DO IT spirit by giving them an opportunity to reevaluate and redefine the phrase “Minohodoshirazu.”
The TV spot opens with young voices from a traditional “morning meeting.” The voice over goes on to state various limits that society and educational environments have influenced and imposed over the years. The visuals show a stark contrast to the voice over, portraying young athletes aggressively challenging and breaking their limits.
The campaign will also use digital media to engage its audience and let them redefine “Minohodoshirazu” in a positive context. For example, by using conversational advertising on Twitter where users can personalise and tag their message with hashtag #Minohodoshirazu.
The campaign features four athletes embodying the “Minohodoshirazu” mindset - Koharu Sugawara (dancer), Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (mid-long distance runner), Tomoya Ochiai (professional basketball player), and Ryotaro Ito (professional soccer player).
Creative Agency: W+K Tokyo
Copywriter: Takeshi Amata, Andrew Miller
Art Director: Yohei Adachi
Producer: Kana Wakabayashi
Executive Creative Director: Mike Farr, Tota Hasegawa
Digital Producer: Reiko Kawaguchi
Account Management: Ryan Johnson, Tatsuya Horikoshi
Studio Manager: Lizzie Murray
Production Manager: Yoko Onodera
Planners: Paula Bloodworth, Maria Correa
Producers: Kosuke Sasaki
Production Assistant: Joaquin Zuluaga
Designer: Keisuke Koumae, Ayano Takase, Daisuke Asada
Production Company: Dictionary Films Tokyo
Director: Omri Cohen
DOP: Kristof Brandl
Producer: Peter Grasse
Production Assistants: Anna Liu
Line Producer: Naoko Miyamoto
Location: Yusuke Morikawa
Production Manager: Shunsaku Mayama
Production Designer: Satoko Saito, Takako Maeda
Edit Company: Cutters Tokyo
Editor: Ryan McGuire
Edit Assistant: Sachi Sasaki
Producer: Megumi Irino
Online Editor: Yusaku Yasuda
Post Production / VFX
Colourist: Ben Conkey
Composer: Nozomu Yoneda
Sound Mix: Eric Widmark, Yasuhiro Tsurusaki
Producer: Keisuke “Tommy” Tominaga
Category: Clothing/fashion , Sports
Genre: Action , Dialogue , Photography , Storytelling