More Entertainment than Advertising: Hot Pepper Redux.

Hot Pepper.

Hot Pepper.

The TV commercials for Hot Pepper, a monthly and free coupon magazine, are a stroke of genius. The basic recipe is a) create or find a scene, b) write a script that matches, but doesn’t match, and c) add Japanese voiceovers.

Example: Horror Movie.

Guy A is obviously either dead or dying and his friends Guy B and Girl A run up to see if he is really dead. Guy B, not dead, shakes Guy A, who could be dead, and shouts something. Girl A, alive, shouts something and Guy B looks at Girl A. Guy B then turns back to Guy A and says something. This process repeats. Standard horror movie fodder. The catch is what is being said in Japanese.

  • Guy B to Guy A (Dying or dead.): May I take your order? Gumbo for three, right?
  • Girl A to Guy A: Thank you for your order!
  • Guy B to Guy A: She’s new, so her timing is a bit off.
  • Girl A to Guy A: Table for three! (This is normally shouted for the benefit of the staff.)
  • Guy B to Girl A: They are already in and seated. (seated being implied.)
  • Girl A to Guy A: How about some potatoes!
  • Guy B to Guy A: You have Hot Pepper coupons, right?

Hot Pepper Commercials for your Downloading Pleasure! My personal favorite. He makes another appearance here. Poor guy.

Hot Pepper is published by RECRUIT.


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