Over the last couple of years, America has taken a fascination with the hitherto relatively unknown world of Japanese commercials starring Western celebrities. Thanks to the Internet, we've gained access to plenty of the Nipponese spots, but we've remained mostly blind to the stories behind them. That is, until now.
From within the hallowed halls of AdLand's AdList (our semi-secret society), we met Michael Deane, Executive Producer of Modern Times Film Company. Along with documentaries, an IMAX film and music videos for the likes of They Might Be Giants and Dr. John, he has over 200 commercials under his belt, including plenty involving the magic Japan+Hollywood combination.
This is his story, so far.
(And a few of his favorite spots.)