Watch James Brown Serenading Miso Soup And Other Celebrities In Vintage Asian Ads

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Two decades ago, James Brown flew to Japan to film what is quite possibly the best commercial ever.

That’s right, the Godfather of Soul himself changed the lyrics of “Sex Machine” to promote miso flavored Cup of Noodles… in Japanese.

While many celebrities shy away from product endorsements in their own country, they have traditionally flocked to Asian countries, particularly Japan, to shoot extremely high paid commercials. And the results are hilarious.

In an attempt to keep these often kooky endorsements away from American audiences, celebrities often enforce a “secrecy clause”, which bars advertisers from disclosing sponsorship deals in the U.S. Secrecy, however, has become considerably more difficult in the era of the viral video. Celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Meg Ryan have even filed cease and desist letters against websites that post the ads.

After watching the vintage commercials that we’ve compiled, you’ll understand what the celebrities are feeling embarrassed about.

 

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Good Gawd!

Check out the video below to see a sparkly, blue suit wearing Brown cha-cha around some good old fashion ramen.

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This ad from the early 1990’s is comprised of Hogan reciting the days of the week, followed by a close up of a baby, followed by a close up on an air conditioner.

Whatever Hitachi paid the wrestler to do this ad, it couldn’t have been enough.

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This ad features Thai versions of Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. Want to know what they’re crooning about?

According to Vintage Asian, which has a hilarious collection of retro ads from Asia, the impersonators are promoting an apartment building located at the northern outskirts of Bangkok.

Apparently, Flat Pla Tong — translating to Goldfish Flats — has great public bus access and only requires a small down payment! Huzzah! (Watch the ad below):
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The commercial only has Warhol listing off colours in Japanese, but it feels so much more complex.

We don’t know what it is — his silent contemplation during the ad’s first 10 seconds, his struggle to pronounce the words in Japanese, the fact that he has to concentrate so hard that his eyes are closed most of the time — but the ad is pretty hilarious. (Watch the ad below):
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Sean Connery is sitting next to a bunny in a convertible and is singing about yogurt.

That just about covers it.

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Cowboy Cage is just minding his own business, driving his car, when he gets waylaid by some robots. Yes, robots.

Dancing ensues.

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Click here to watch the retro Japanese commercial for the 224,000 yen fridge — which converts to 2,882 USD.

The cat and mouse duo were apparently popular marketing tools in Japan during the 80’s. They were also featured in a commercial for a Canon word processor.
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