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Asia’s celebs step up to take on ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' has gone east and gained the support of many of Asia's brightest stars like Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Jay Chou.

SINGAPORE: The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ craze has spread to Asia, with numerous Asian superstars gamely taking up the challenge to splash icy water over their heads, in order to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ALS is a disease that damages the sufferer’s nerves and eventually leaves the sufferer paralysed.

Among those who took up the challenge were Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi, Wang Lee Hom, Singaporean Mandopop duo By2 and members of Taiwan band Mayday.

Screen captures from Wang Lee Hom, Zhang Ziyi and By2's 'Ice Bucket Challenge' videos.

Many of the videos were very imaginative and humorous. Chou was surprised when he got drenched by a staff member before he could finish talking, while By2’s video showed one half of the duo getting drenched while she was still asleep in bed.

Lau’s video had the best production values of the lot. The video even contained footage from a camera attached to the bucket.

Yen probably had the toughest time with the challenge. The action star performed the feat while on location shooting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 in Auckland, New Zealand, where it is winter.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ originated in the US. The premise of the challenge is simple. The participant either records a video of him or herself getting splashed over the head with icy water and posts it online or makes a donation to help fund ALS-related medical research.  

Those who complete the challenge can then challenge others to take up the same challenge within 24 hours.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has gained the support of many US luminaries like Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, who have inspired others to take up the challenge as well.