I think this commercial nicely sums up the mainstream view of China in the West: the past 40 years simply did not take place. It is 1966. The Cultural Revolution is in full swing — except in Shanghai, maybe. To be honest, I felt embarrassed watching this commercial.
Commenters, however, thought it kind of rang true:
Umm… having worked in elementary and middle schools… the only thing that’s changed is the colour of the uniform and the colour of the film… though it’s rainy today, so that sorta matches.
Another commenter thinks most Western viewers will assume the setting is supposed to be North Korea.
Commenters over at YouTube could care less. Here’s a sampling:
So far this is the most eyecatching advert ive ever seen!
Oh wow, I had a dream like this!Lol!
We need to see more Asian faces in TV commercial!!!
This commercial is awesome. :]
Ha! the guy is hot.
That guy is drop dead hawt…*drool*
I have been looking for this comercial everywhere! I love it! And that guy is freaking hot!!
Whoa! What a hot guy!
when i see this add I think Nazi
So, what do you think, readers? Is that guy hawt or what?!?!?! OMG LOL WTF 😉 😀