“新SMAP募集!! (New SMAP Wanted!!)” SMAP takes a break from showbiz to play video games in their upcoming commercial, reports Famitsu on July 25.
The new commercial for Nintendo Wii’s Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online goes on air in Japan today.
In the commercial, SMAP hold an emergency press conference, saying they are looking for someone to be part of a new SMAP because the current members want to play Dragon Quest X.
It has been reported Takuya Kimura was a guest at the game’s press conference in Tokyo on July 25, and said he found the commercial’s concept had impact.
“It was just a commercial shoot, but I was surprised at how real the press conference set was.”
The latter part of the commercial shows the five members in their own rooms playing the game, but together as a group in the game’s online world. Usually, each room and each member would be filmed individually, but it has been reported the crew built several rooms in one studio hall, and the five of them shouted out to one another in real time during shoots.
“The new Dragon Quest X makes team play so much more global, and there we were doing things like would have been done decades ago (laughs).”
Here are few screenshots from the commercial (photos taken from Famitsu):
Kimura had been attending an event to promote men’s beauty salon Dandy House, where he appears in their latest commercial.
It has been reported during the topic of the perfect man, Kimura talked about the qualities he thought the ideal man should have.
“He doesn’t run away or give up easily, he would be a man who achieves his ambitions and goals, and still has a sense of humour,” he said.
When the press had asked whether Kimura himself had those qualities, his response was to the point.
“Not at all.
“I do have ambitions, but unless I’m willing to move forward I’ll never achieve them. I hope I can always think optimistically,” he said.
It has been reported Kimura appears in the 25th anniversary commercials for Dandy House, and the SMAP member himself had said it was a big honour.
“So many incredible people have been in the commercials up to now so the bar had been set quite high when I arrived. I was really happy, and I hope I managed to help people realise their own ideals. I went to Dandy House myself yesterday and I highly recommend them.”
The commercials go on air on April 28, and Kimura said he had been surprised by the size of the set they had used.
Transformation was the keyword for KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi’s latest commercial, reports Oricon on March 12.
Kamenashi is the latest celebrity to endorse KIRIN’s canned tea drinks 午後の紅茶 (Gogo no Kocha, Afternoon Tea), and took part in an event to promote the product in Tokyo today.
The new commercial shows a normal businessmen transforming into the good-looking Kamenashi after taking a sip of the drink. On the topic of transformation, the press asked Kamenashi what he would want to transform into.
“I’d like to become a woman and wear a skirt. I’m just curious about how it feels. I’d like to wear a skirt and go for a stroll around town.”
Kamenashi said he found it really exciting to work with a motion capture camera for his new commercial.
“The device is so cool. It can tell what I look like from the side when all I’ve been doing is face straight forward.”
While the Johnny’s talent was telling the press he had fun working with the director, who would ask Kamenashi to wink at the camera, the cameramen at today’s event asked him to kiss the can of drink.
“You’re asking for more than the director,” Kamenashi said before hesitating, but eventually giving in and kissing the tea can from different angles.
To go to KIRIN’s tea website, click here.