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Film Star Jean Reno's Live-Action Doraemon Ad Streamed (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo

The live-action Doraemon ad starring international film star Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional, Mission: Impossible, The Da Vinci Code) began airing in Japan on Friday. "Nobita's Barbeque" is the second ad in Toyota Motor Corporation's campaign which depicts the characters of the classic children's manga Doraemon in live-action, two decades after they grow up.

Since the first ad last week, actor Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Smuggler) has been playing Nobita, the hapless owner of Doraemon. Joining Reno in the second commercial are former News band member Tomohisa Yamashita (Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Kurosagi) as Nobita's friend Suneo and actress Asami Mizukawa (Nodame Cantabile, Dark Water) as Nobita's female friend Shizuka.

In the second ad, Nobita and Shizuka go on their first date in a long time, but they miss the bus to the camp site, get lost in the woods, and have trouble with the camp stove. Fortunately, Suneo appears with his car to take Shizuka back. When Nobita bemoans his lack of a car back at home, his old companion Doraemon appears out his desk. After the two have their reunion, Nobita asks Doraemon to get him a car. Doraemon refuses, and when Nobita asks why, Doreamon replies, "You don't have a license!"

Reno dubbed the title character in Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso anime film in French.

Below is the first ad:

Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web posted images from the ad campaign.

Update: Fuji TV's Mezamashi TV morning talk show aired a video about the making of the commercial campaign, including unaired footage from future ads:

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