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Arnold Schwarzenegger Complete Japanese Commercial Filmography (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry (20 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think his Japanese is better than his English. Dai Cho Buyee!
posted by lampshade at 3:05 AM on March 11, 2010


I think he's supposed to be saying daijobui (dai jou V) instead of daijoubu. So you can't quite fault him that. It's still pretty bad, yes.
posted by that girl at 3:12 AM on March 11, 2010


I did watch the whole thing though. It was entertaining.
posted by lampshade at 3:28 AM on March 11, 2010


Okay. I'm a minute in, at the crazy drink commercial where a maniacal laughing Schwarzenegger flies out of the bottle like a genie and then starts shooting gold out of his chest.

The tagline says that the commercials only get better, but I do not believe them. It does not seem possible that this gets better.
posted by koeselitz at 3:34 AM on March 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


The best one was where he jumps out of limousine and destroys California...no, wait a second...
posted by zerobyproxy at 3:35 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


What? No commercial for Plo Chops™?
posted by stringbean at 3:35 AM on March 11, 2010


Aaaaah-ha-ha-ha!

Aaaaah-ha-ha-ha!

AAAAAH-HA-HA-HA!
posted by bwg at 3:36 AM on March 11, 2010


I think the lostintranslation tag is called for!
posted by ersatz at 3:38 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow. They were telling the truth.

Go, mohawked and gold-bedecked Schwartzenegger! Ride your goofy old-time bicycle around the inside of the weird Japanese soft drink container, laughing and screaming all the way! And the Japanese woman who opened the bottle will grin a satisfied grin, as though nothing in the world is wrong, because apparently in Japan all soft drinks contain tiny Austrian cyclists with a penchant for heavy metal fashion.
posted by koeselitz at 3:43 AM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


When I first came to Japan, mimicking Arnold's "Daijou-V" was a sure way to get a laugh.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:32 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


However (I should have said) the Schwarzenegger commercials had aired before I ever reached Japan, so this is the first time I've actually seen them. Thanks!
posted by KokuRyu at 7:36 AM on March 11, 2010


Yes ..... YES!!!!!!
posted by Damn That Television at 8:17 AM on March 11, 2010


Also I recently learned that Schwarzenegger has twice vetoed universal single-payer health care for California! So, there's that.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:29 AM on March 11, 2010


But did he write any clever acrostics in his veto letters?
posted by Phssthpok at 8:51 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure I'd want an energy drink made by a company called Takeda Chemical Industries Ltd., even if it was being promoted by a maniacally cackling Arnold Schwarzenegger.
posted by ecurtz at 8:59 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure I'd want an energy drink made by a company called Takeda Chemical Industries Ltd., even if it was being promoted by a maniacally cackling Arnold Schwarzenegger.

when you've just spent hours repeating English stock phrases incredibly slowly with a group of bored and dumbfounded ESL students, I can assure you that you'll take whatever energy/genki drink you can get your hands on just to keep from passing out on the job. Luckily there's vending machines selling these things every 3 or 4 steps most places.

You know who I'd be even more interested in seeing a history of in Japanese advertising? Suntory Boss. Who was "the boss of them all" before this guy, anyway? Say in 1991?
posted by Kirk Grim at 11:51 AM on March 11, 2010


Why, this guy, of course.
posted by armage at 5:03 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


(except for the small detail that he died in 1987)
posted by armage at 5:03 PM on March 11, 2010


He sure can eat ramen, can't he?
posted by tommasz at 5:23 PM on March 11, 2010


This. Was. Excellent.
posted by honeybee413 at 8:28 PM on March 11, 2010


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