Every now and then you see something that makes you stop and pause for thought. Sometimes it brings a tear to your eye. But it’s not often that a commercial for a bank has this effect…
I just saw the most amazing video on YouTube. Although you don’t realize it until the very end, it’s a commercial for a Taiwanese bank. Having seen this, if I lived in Taiwan I would open an account there, because this brought back fond memories of my boyhood friend Mark, who is sadly no longer with us (he was in Russia close by Chernobyl when the nuclear reactor melted down and he passed away a couple of years ago from a brain tumor).
I’ll tell you more about this video – in a moment, but first I’m afraid that I’m going to have to waffle on for a little while so as to take us below the “comments” area on this web page layout – otherwise everything will get messed up.
So let me briefly remind you of a few favorites while we’re waiting (if you see what I mean). One of my all-time favorite videos is Where the hell is Matt (this always brings a smile to my face, plus I love the accompanying music).
OK, we should be below the comments now, so let’s return to the main thrust of this blog, which is the Taiwanese Bank Commercial. As you will see, this starts off a little slowly; it builds the scene showing a group of old men with flash-backs and photographs of their younger days. And then…
… well, I don’t want to spoil this for you, so I’m afraid that that you’ll have to watch it for yourself. I don’t know how it will affect you, but for me it was like the main scene toward the end of a powerful, highly emotional (in a manly-man sort of way) film where you want to jump up and thrust your fist into the air and shout “Yes!”
Thank you for highlighting this video, it really touch me. I did lots of motorcycle riding during college years and had a small group of friends too. Although I can't say we had great noble dreams, we did share the same thought of greatness on our futures. I can only hope that I get my chance to regroup and do another ride like the one depicted in this short film! Thanks for the refresh of great memories!
There's another video I once saw on YouTube that I cannot find. It starts with a busker in New Orleans playing a guitar and singing some song (I think it was "Stand by me" but I'm not sure).
Then the folks recording him took that tape around the world and filmed/recorded other folks singing and playing along.
I would really like to see this again, so if you have a link to it please share it here or email me (max@CliveMaxfield.com).
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