Visa’s 15-minute film of lonely Thai woman in Tokyo goes viral

A short film by Visa, telling the story of a recently-dumped Thai woman’s listless wanderings in Tokyo, has racked up more than six million views on social media.

The 15-minute video, entitled #TokyoUnexpected, shows the young woman journeying to the Japanese capital, despite having to go alone and the job she had lined up there having been cancelled.

While at first it may appear as a poor attempt at a Tokyo tourism campaign, the video does show the Visa brand on a couple of occasions after the woman forgets her cash.

As the film progresses, the woman is shown feeling bored and depressed about her ex-boyfriend’s new relationship.

Although her lonely trip perks up following a chance encounter with a helpful stranger on a bicycle, plus a drunken night out, the woman eventually finds herself at rock bottom. She is shown in a broken-down car, asking herself: “What did I get myself into?”

However, as she reflects back on her seemingly underwhelming adventures, a Thai song plays with the subtitles reading: “I never realised the mess would help me find meaning. The truth is expectations are so high. But they mean nothing.”

The final shot shows the woman positioned against a beautiful mountain and lake landscape with the caption: “There’s beauty in every journey.”

Released on YouTube and Facebook on May 24, the video has collectively received six million views, plus 30,000 shares on the latter platform.


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