A viral advertisement for the Nokia N96 Limited Edition Bruce Lee cell phone, produced in 2008 (thirty-five years after Lee’s death) by the Beijing office of the JWT (J. Walter Thompson) advertising agency is imitated by the National Ping Pong Team of Finland.

A video clip purportedly showing actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee expertly playing ping-pong using nunchaku (also called “nunchucks” or “nunchuks”) rather than a paddle has amused and astounded viewers for years now.

The video employed a Bruce Lee look-alike actor pretending to play ping-pong against an opponent, their movements sychronized to the sounds of a genuine table tennis match, with the final audio and the visual image of the ball being added to the clip in post-production.

The transcript below is from the video “Bruce Lee Nunchaku Ping Pong” by Pongfinity.

Pongfinity (Table Tennis Entertainment):

Pongfinity is a Finnish content creator team specialized in table tennis entertainment. The team consists of Emil, Otto and Miikka. Each team member has a background in the national team of Finland.

Pongfinity brings you the most incredible and creative ping pong trick shots, behind the scenes and game-play-videos on YouTube. In the videos you can watch and learn how funny, challenging and versatile table tennis truly is!

Otto:

“It’s time for some jumping! I have a feeling I’m not going to like this challenge!”

(A game of Ping Pong.)

Emil:

“Nice jump Miikka!”

Otto:

“What are you laughing?”

Miikka:

“Was that a jump?”

Emil:

“That was not a jump!”

Miikka:

“I don’t think that was a jump!”

Otto:

“At least the other leg was in the air!”

Emil:

“This is golden.”

Miikka:

“He did an extra jump!”

Otto:

“Yes!”

Emil:

“What are those shots?”

Miikka:

“Yes!

So tough!”

Otto:

“Yea I think it was fun but…not for me!”

(Challenge: Play ping pong to the tune of Mario)

Miikka:

“How do we do it after that?”

Emil:

“Ah yes, faster.

I think we got it now!

I think that was it!”

Miikka:

“Yea I think we got it!

So, you might have seen Bruce Lee playing ping pong with nunchucks. We have been watching YouTube tutorials all morning. Hopefully, we will get at least one shot on. Now, to the nunchucks!

It’s good control.”

Emil:

“I’m literally scared to be here.”

Miikka:

“Backhand was going better.

When it hits, it really hits hard!”

Otto:

“Almost a jackpot!”

Miikka:

“Another one, another one!

Come on Otto! Only one in a row?”

Emil:

“Karate kid.

Went for it.

Almost a jackpot!

That actually hurts quite bad. Okay let’s continue!

I was like: it’s hanging there, come back! Well, two! That’s pretty good!”

Miikka:

“Until next time!

Double nunchucks!

This is good!”

Otto:

“We need at least one hit!”

Miikka:

“It’s like, backspin, topspin, backspin, topspin…”

Emil:

“Don’t try this at home!”




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