I lived in Japan for a few years in what seems like a lifetime ago. During that time, one of my favorite things about watching Japanese television was seeing American celebrities in commercials for booze and cigarettes. Since those types of commercials were banned or limited in the US, it was an exciting thing to see. Having American celebrities in the commercial was the icing on the cake.
I ran across this little gem last night while searching online for bourbon TV commercials. It stars Californication star David Duchovny and is for McKenna Bourbon. Produced for the New Zealand market, it does its best to steal the vibe of Californication. I’ve got my own opinions of the spot but I would love to hear yours in the comments. Enjoy the celebrity booze commercials.
Here’s a series of Sean Connery whiskey commercials from 1992 in Japan.
And my personal favorite for being bizarre in selling whiskey.