Don’t Talk, Just React

September 28, 2007 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Masi Oka’s morning show spot was a rare moment in Japanese television because he was able to speak in their native tongue. No ill-equipped interpreters. No cultural barriers. No awkward silence. So what happens when other American actors come to Japan? Well, take a look for yourself…

I give Johnny Depp an A+ for not showing just how freaked out he was after that odd circus routine. I’m imagining those kids were either tortured or deprived of food in order to get them to conduct themselves in that most robotic way. (@_@)

Of course, from the kids’ costumes you can deduce that Depp is in town to promote the latest Pirates of the Caribbean epic. They have nothing to do with the movie, but when it comes to Japanese TV, who cares? Personally, it gets boring when celebrities go from one talk show to the next, regurgitating the same promotional pitch for their latest movie.

I prefer the Japanese TV show formula:

American actor + wacky Japanese = pure silliness

It’s especially great for people interested in seeing how their favorite actor is like in person. In lieu of serious questions, Japanese people like getting a rise out of Americans. It’s more fun that way.

I’ll leave you with a strange confrontation between Japanese comedian Akiba Kanpe and Angelina Jolie. It’s a little long but hang in there because it gets funnier by the minute.


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