Honda will launch its high-performing model to wear the famous ‘Red H’ badge, the new Civic Type R in 2015. But before the launch, Honda has introduced a new film that brings to life, the brand’s ‘other side’. Honda is renowned for its reputation of engineering excellence, technology and reliability. But it’s the brand’s ‘other side’, born from a racing heritage and thirst for innovation, is promoted through this new campaign. As the film asserts, Type R is the wild child alter-ego of the Civic hatchback that customers know and trust.
The Other Side aims to bring to life these two sides of Honda by putting fans at the heart of a high-adrenaline dual narrative. The story unfolds in two parallel tales, one set during the day and the other at night. The daytime story sees a father picking his daughter up from school in his white Civic and driving her to a surprise party. By contrast the night-time narrative shows the father’s other side – an undercover cop driving a crew of art thieves to a police sting, in a head-turning red Type R. While very different in tone, the two stories mirror each other perfectly in their composition.
From here the viewer can switch between the Civic and the Type R narrative, simply by pressing the ‘R’ button on their keyboard. The effect is dramatic and heart-racing, a big enjoyable gear shift between stories echoing the sensation of pressing the new Type R’s ‘R’ button to activate ‘Race Mode’. A press of the ‘R’ button puts the director’s cut into the viewers’ hands, allowing them to switch in real time between two mirrored story lines. Through sound design and seamlessly matched scenes, you can’t help but feel the power of Honda’s other side.
Here is the trailer video of the promotional film. Click here to view the full video.
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