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Alien1375



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:54 am Reply with quote
Lost in Translation much? Laughing
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Sparvid



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:22 am Reply with quote
Oh, 2006?
I saw this ad today and was actually curious about how long he's been doing this.

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crosswithyou



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:12 am Reply with quote
So, do they fly him into Japan whenever they shoot a new commercial? Wonder how much he gets from this gig.
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writerpatrick



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:31 am Reply with quote
The actual dancing part looks like they used a computer to edit his face onto another person, much like they do on Leno. So I don't think he wasn't actually dancing.

There's a bit of a history of famous stars doing Japanese ads.
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MrTerrorist



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:40 am Reply with quote
GokuMew2 wrote:
So, do they fly him into Japan whenever they shoot a new commercial? Wonder how much he gets from this gig.

This Kotaku article can explain.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:47 am Reply with quote
GokuMew2 wrote:
So, do they fly him into Japan whenever they shoot a new commercial? Wonder how much he gets from this gig.
I'm sure that's all in his contract, and first class as well, with frequent flyer perks to boot. though I'm also sure the boys get to fly to LA once in a while too. Can't let Tommy have all the fun. Wink

Yoshitoshi: I see he likes the classic H as well then. Wink
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paperbox



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:21 am Reply with quote
t-this... was weird... Shocked
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:20 pm Reply with quote
"Why it’s so important for Japanese celebrities to star in commercials"

  • Even if you can’t understand what’s being said on Japanese TV, it’s difficult to miss the fact that nearly every TV spot and, for that matter, a good chunk of print ads, feature Japanese celebrities shucking various products.

    To the Western eye, this can be a little baffling. Sure, sometimes commercials in English-speaking countries will fall back on (mostly) has-been stars to lend credibility to this or that used car dealership or diet product, but most of the time Western commercials star everyday folks. Most surmise this is so the consumer – his/herself most likely an everyman/woman – feels an emotional connection with the ad.

    On the other hand, Japanese ad agencies hire TV and movie stars much, if not most, of the time. So prevalent is the practice that Western stars aren’t above traveling to Japan Lost in Translation-style for a week or so of juggling live human beings and shouting broken-English catchphrases for a round of Japanese ads ending in a big payday.

    This even creates a weird spiral where the more commercials a person appears in, the more famous they become. Commercial appearances are almost a requirement to becoming a household name in Japan. There’s much speculation that this is the very reason Hollywood’s most recent go-to Japanese star, Rinko Kikuchi of Pacific Rim – who has scarcely appeared in Japanese ads – consistently fails to make any waves in Japan despite global fame.

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prime_pm



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:21 pm Reply with quote
So a white guy comes to Japan and plays an alien.

Does this count as racist?
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deathslover1980



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:50 am Reply with quote
prime_pm wrote:
So a white guy comes to Japan and plays an alien.

Does this count as racist?

Not racist just acting
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