Hen na Hito
Spring 1997; 20 minutes; cast and crew of 8; approximate
cost of $0; not rated.
This twenty-minute production is equally divided into
two intermixed portions: the first is a documentary-style tour through
David Benjamin and Clark Kirkman's homes; the second is a collection
of silly commercials--Mountain Dew, Nike, Hitmen "R" Us
(complete commercial available for download below), Toyota, and
more. The catch is that, since Strange People was produced
as a supplement to David and Clark's senior projects in Japanese
class, the entire video is in Japanese. (Even Scott Rubey, who has
not studied Japanese in a classroom setting, speaks some Japanese
in the Mountain Dew commercial.) Strange People has no plot
because it has no characters, but the commercials (especially the
humorously bloody hitman commercial and the fast-paced parodic Mountain
Dew commercial) make this an interesting, though quite different,
addition to the Tokugawa experience. Well, at least I think so.
Sekushi de, sutairu ga yokute, benri na... Toyota!
Sexy, stylish, convenient... Toyota!
Mountain Dew commercial
Oishii desu ne!
for the original image (yes, you too can have a nifty tiled
Nike wallpaper on your desktop).
"R" Us commercial (3.7 MB MOV)
Warning: this contains a fair amount of violence, so don't
watch it if you are squeamish.
Translation of opening narration: Are you waiting for
your inheritance? Did your college professor flunk you?
If so, Hitmen "R" Us can help!