HungFist wrote:As far as I can tell it's about a girl who thinks her father is so uncool and she even sings about it, but then one day she sees her father at work (apologizing for mistakes that weren't really his fault for the sake of others) and she comes to think that his father is a pretty cool guy after all. And the floor he's sleeping on is heated with gas (the ad is for a gas company)
Ah... Thanks for giving me some insight.
I notice these gas commercials features a lot of the prominent actors we've seen in other movies. That first commercial was with Nikaido Fumi, and then there's:
Looks like Sakura Ando from 'Love Exposure' is depicting the daughter
Here Ai Hashimoto from 'Confessions' is depicting the daughter
And here, Gen Hoshino from 'Why Don't You Play in Hell' is the son.
And so on and so on...
It seems Japanese actors have to work in movies, theater and advertisement, in order to make a living. They are everywhere in media. I hear it's pretty tough to stay in the business, so I'd guess they never want to lose their momentum - hence, keeping at it. It seems to me this is why they work all the time - if they start slacking off, they will fall behind the rest and end up without work, right? But, it's probably also a good way of establishing their position as respectable entertainers in the media - people will know of them, as they appear everywhere. Gives them status in the society.
This Japanese woman I know of had an uncle who, in the 1960's and 70's, literary worked everyday, doing voice overs for commercials, voice acting, dubbing English movies into Japanese and whatnot - working in the business everyday... He reached the top of his industry, as a well earned reward for his super professional dedication - but, he ended up aging more rapidly, because of all the stress and whatnot... You gotta make a lot of sacrifices, if you wanna be the boss.
HungFist wrote:Hip hop / jazz.
Yeah! Is she into DJ Krush? He's one of my favorite Japanese MCs. Masashi Yamamoto used his music in 'Junk Food'. Great stuff - really has this tranquil feel to it, yet you can still dance to it. Zen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDL1tFsSeWI
I also like this Blazo stuff, with remixes of Hip Hop tunes with Jazz piano samples: http://blazo.bandcamp.com/album/jazz-fo ... tape-vol-1
The Nas one is dope: http://blazo.bandcamp.com/track/nas-the ... lazo-remix
Is this the kind of stuff she likes?
I notice girls like dancing, in general. It seems like quite a common thing, for girls to want to sing and dance when they are younger, whatever the style may be.
EDIT: Actually... Now that I think of it, I'd guess it's more in the line of, like, 'Beyonce' kind of stuff, than, say, Wu-tang Clan. Quite honestly, I don't even really know what Hip Hop dancing truly is - I just watch 'em homegörls let it loose, from time to time. My personal taste in Hip Hop stuff is very specific. Same with Soul, R&B and groove kind of stuff. I don't know what they play to people during dancing lessons... You can also dance to Earl Sweatshirt, but I doubt they listen to much Earl Sweatshirt when they train dancing. You can also dance ballet to Earl Sweatshirt, as depicted in this music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anRkutaPS9w
But I doubt many ballerinas would actually train to Earl Sweatshirt tunes in the background...