|Jean Reno, from The Professional, among other films|
|Doraemon, Japanese children's character adored nationwide|
|Renaemon? Yes, that is a 63-year-old world-famous actor with a bell around his neck.|
If I lived in Japan, I would be able to turn on my television and watch a Toyota commercial featuring Jean Reno as Doraemon, starting today. As you can tell, I am beyond disappointed that I do not live in Japan to watch this spectacle, but thanks to the internet, we can all be satisfied by the abundant photos and soon-to-be-posted YouTube videos.
Update: The commercial has long since been posted! It's as cute as I imagined it would be.
Nobuta and Shizuka, now both 30 (the commercial acts as sort of a "Doraemon reunion"), go for a picnic together using public transport. Shizuka needs to get to her violin lessons, and Suneo (all-around jerk and rich guy) appears with his car to take her there. Nobuta returns home, dejected and lamenting about the fact that he doesn't have a car. Doraemon appears saying "Long time no see, Nobuta," to which he replies "Get me a car!" (as Doraemon is famous for being able to produce anything out of his pouch he wants). Doraemon says no, and when Nobuta asks why not, he answers with: "You don't have a driver's license!" Cue Toyota logo and phrase saying basically: "Get a driver's license."
I love it! Seeing Jean Reno dressed up as Doraemon and speaking Japanese has made my life.
You can go here to see a few photos of the commercial itself. Some other famous Japanese actors are in the commercial, titled "Nobita's BBQ," but we only really care about Jean Reno, right?
|What's he got in there? |
Doraemon is famous for pulling anything and everything of his pouch. (Nobita pictured on left)