Attack of the Asian viral videos!

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Viral videos are an internet phenomenon. The most successful ones are hilariously funny and rack up millions of views. They are gifts that keep on giving (in a good way!) as they get passed around on the social web.

The best ones have cross cultural appeal but as we can see in Asian countries with large populations, many don’t make it across to our Anglo-centric side of the internet because they are culture specific. Here are a few favourites and you can decide for yourselves if their appeal transcends ethnic, linguistic and national boundaries.

Let’s begin with the now famous Bollywood singing dancing policeman Norman Kamaru.  Can anyone explain a policeman in Indonesia (check out the tongue stud!) lip syncing his way in Hindi through the Bollywood hit song Chaiya Chaiya?

Norman’s video has been watched over two million times and Indonesian netizens have rallied in support as, inevitably, his runaway success has drawn the attention of his no doubt less than impressed bosses.

How about this video of Thailand’s Got Talent contestant Bell Nuntrita? She’s got more strings to her bow than Susan Boyle (as you will see) and Asian fans who have watched it over three million times certainly agree. It’s been conveniently subtitled in English so there’s no excuse for not clicking on.

This video from North Korea is either supremely depressing or inspiring. You’ll either wish you tried harder at music lessons when you were a kid or it will just confirm for you that Team America World Police is a dramatisation of real events.

From robotic kids to adult robots, here’s something equally creepy. It’s the latest in Japanese robotic technology and gives us more than a hint of a future that is within touching distance of a latex-covered finger.

Also from Japan via the WTF Seriously Japan website of strange Japanese miscellany, is this piece of animated motorised madness. If you can explain it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

From the Chinese speaking world, and loaded with implications for the future direction of the porn industry, is a film that is currently knocking out the box office in Hong Kong. Banned in mainland China, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is hyped as the world’s first 3D erotic film – with martial arts!

Speaking of Zen, this artistic Docomo ad from Japan for new Touch Wood phones is also pretty cool and well worth a look.

To conclude this list of viral video from Asia is this personal favourite that deserves better than the 180,000 odd views it has amassed. If anyone can point me to the original language video, let me know. I’m sure it has had way more views in its native South Korea. Go ahead.  Meet the ghostly woman in white with a naughty sense of humour.



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