This Restaurant Brand Hijacked TikTokers' Accounts to Remind Gen Z to Connect With Family

New work from BBDO Bangkok urges young people to prioritize in-person quality time over social media

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A reminder to reconnect with older relatives IRL might be especially timely for generations raised with easy internet access. Social media can be a good way to stay in touch with family when they’re far away, but there’s no substitute for spending time in person.

That is the message from popular Thai franchise Five Star Chicken, which has released a campaign reminding young people to make time for their loved ones–through Gen Z’s favorite social channel TikTok. “My Parent is a TikToker,” created by agency BBDO Bangkok, follows up last year’s chaotic “The Movies That Made From Us.” This time, however, the brand takes a slightly more sincere tone to emphasize the healing quality of dinner with family.

Produced by director Teerapol Suneta (aka Aei) of Suneta House, the short film introduces viewers to three Thai TikTok influencers, each of whom has their accounts taken over by their parents and grandparents. These videos, humorous and lighthearted at first, become genuinely moving as the older relatives ask the TikTok stars to come home to share a meal.

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Coinciding with the Thai national holiday Songkran, which sees many returning to their hometowns to spend time with their families, the message to prioritize the people who matter is especially timely. The video, featuring the tagline “The taste that brings you home,” received more than 5.8 million views within just three days.

This follows the theme of last year’s “The Movies That Made From Us,” also produced by Suneta House, by similarly tapping into creative, humorous ways of bringing people together. Though these ads are different in concept, the community-building nature of sharing a meal is at the heart of these films.

“For over 37 years, Five Star Chicken has been all about serving up delicious food that brings families together,” Thasorn Boonyanate, chief creative officer of BBDO Bangkok, said in a statement. “With this campaign, we took it a step further by finding a creative way to grab the attention of the younger generation and encourage them to reconnect with their loved old ones over a shared meal.”

Client: Five Star
Agency: BBDO Bangkok
Chief Creative officer: Thasorn Boonyanate
Creative Director: Rook Floro
Art Director: Narakorn Puechngen
Creative Group Head: Supalerk Silarangsri
Group Business Director: Taksina Vasaruchapong
Business Director: Pattama Thienapirak

Group Account Director: Rynrada Pisawongprakarn
Account Director: Kavinthip Chaiteerakij
Account Manager: Natthaka Musigrungsri
Agency Producer: Toungrak Jiravatanarungsri
Head of Brand and Digital Planning: Prasit Kunanuphanchai
Strategic Planning Manager: Praewpakorn Chumsai Na Ayudhaya

Production House: Suneta House
House Director: Teerapol Suneta
Assistant Director: Kittikhun Jongkraiwut
Producer: Chanapa Ployarunrung
Cinematographer: Chalongwut Chorruangsak
Gaffer: Chanthut Kasemsantinavin
Art Director: Pornchai Cheeranoon
Casting: Narissara Makmane
Stylist: Montatip Narong
Editor: Sarawut Kaweethammawong
Sound Mix: Sound Space (Danai Suthamcharee)