“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.
(FYI Catching up on my news… Momo)
Johnny’s duo Tackey & Tsubasa talked about what Valentine’s Day was like for them when they were younger during an event in Tokyo on February 14, reports Sankei Sports.
“When I was at school I hardly got any (Valentine’s Day presents), but after I joined Johnny’s in junior high school I suddenly started getting heaps. I was surprised by how powerful being in Johnny’s was,” Tsubasa Imai said.
“I started getting lots after I joined Johnny’s too. It’s weird because it’s not like anything about me changed,” Hideaki Takizawa said.
Only Star reports the two have been selected as the latest campaigners for cosmetic brand 24h cosme. Their new commercial will go on air from February 20.
KinKi Kids have joined actress Yukie Nakama and actor Masakazu Tamura in endorsing Sapporo beer, reports Oricon.
The duo took part in Sapporo Beer’s “麦とホップ (Mugi to Hoppu)” commercial event in Tokyo on January 25. The ad features the “responsible Tsuyoshi Domoto” and the “fresh Koichi Domoto”.
“I don’t think I look ‘fresh’ anymore, but I’m happy to hear that some people think so. Mind you, there are probably a lot of people who don’t think so,” Koichi said.
“The number one reason why I got into Johnny’s was because I was responsible,” Tsuyoshi said, making the press laugh.
It has been reported the two said they were fans of Tamura and Nakama, and the Sapporo beer commercials these two had already starred in until now.
“I’d watched them a number of times so it was like, ‘me? really!?’ I was really happy,” Koichi said.
“For a moment I thought I was dreaming,” Tsuyoshi said.
The two had said they hoped to add some excitement to the company, and help boost sales.
During the event, Koichi talked about how he usually drinks at home.
“The great thing is that I’ve been given a lot of ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ beer to drink at night. Snacks? I have some Baby Star snacks with my beer, and also a hot steam boat meal.”
Tsuyoshi said he was enjoying his beer present too.
“When I drink beer after work, it tastes so good it’s like the beer’s telling me it’s a reward for a hard day’s work. I guess I’ll be supported by ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ a lot this year.”
To see the commercial, click here.
Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto will play a gentleman from the land of chocolate in his next commercial, it was revealed on October 2, reports Oricon.
Chocolate company Meiji is celebrating 85 years since their Meiji Milk Chocolate slab went on sale for the first time, and have chosen Matsumoto to star in their next commercial. In the commercial, the Arashi star talks to little girl on a train platform. He tells her about how her mother, and her mother’s mother had eaten the chocolate. He then performs a magic trick to make some chocolate appear.
It has been reported Matsumoto had spent a lot of time practicing his magic trick during the filming day with a professional magician.
“I’ve got the magic sorted out, but I’m worried whether I can do it while saying my lines,” he said.
No worries as the Johnny’s talent pulled off another perfect performance.
Meiji chocolate’s new commercial goes on air in Japan on October 4.
Matsumoto will star in two commercials for Japan’s beauty website Hot Pepper Beauty, which go on air from today.
It has been reported in the commercials, Matsumoto looks at the camera, where a girl is supposedly sitting, and comments about her hairstyle or nails. The Arashi star was asked to say up to 20 different comments, and different comments will be aired depending on the region it’s shown in.
But with comments like, “my heart starts beating faster when I look at you”, it has been reported Matsumoto found it hard to say his lines with a straight face.
“I was embarrassed throughout filming, sometimes I’d just start laughing, but it was fun,” he said.
** UPDATE **
Link to Jun Matsumoto’s commercial’s website, click here.
I just couldn’t help it, but I had to try translating all of Matsujun’s comments because I love some of them!
#01 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…I feel nervous, it’s like you’re someone completely different. It really suits you.”
#02 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…Nice try. Sorry, sorry.”
#03 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…If you did it for me then I’m happy. They’re really pretty.”
#04 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…Go put some gloves on! Sorry, I said too much.”
#05 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…stop it, my heart starts beating faster when I look at you. Embarrassing.”
#06 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…(laughs) Oh, sorry. Don’t be so mad.”
#07 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…Pretty, and I’m not just talking about your nails. Embarrassing.”
#08 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…No, no more, they’re making my eyes hurt. But I’m getting used to it.”
#09 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…Would you, go out with me? What am I saying…”
#10 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…wow, you’re a challenger. I like it.”
#11 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…You know, it makes you look like a real woman. I’m impressed”
#12 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…So what were you trying to prove? It brings out you though.”
#13 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?………sorry, I couldn’t stop looking. You look really pretty.”
#14 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…I like it, but I can’t speak for the rest of society. Don’t be so mad.”
#15 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…You know, no matter what you do, you’ve always got good taste. Maybe I said too many good things.”
#16 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…Don’t you think it’s time you accepted who you are. I’m only joking.”
#17 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…You know, taking another look at you, you really are pretty. Now it’s just your personality”
#18 (Hair salon): “Did you change your hairstyle?…You might want to start wearing a hat. Sorry, I said too much.”
#19 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…I don’t usually say nice things, but those look nice. Good to know you can deliver when the occasion calls for it.”
#20 (Nail salon): “Did you do your nails?…I don’t get it. But it’s growing on me.”