The Japanese invented the modern energy drink in the postwar period after amphetamines were banned. Here's The Governator all jacked up after taking a swig of the stuff.
Arnold Schwarzenegger for Aluminum V
Ofttimes referred to as Japan's national obsession, pachinko is a weird cross between pinball and slot machines and commands a whopping 40% of the entire nation's leisure industry. How Nic Cage factors into all this remain a mystery.
Nicolas Cage for Sankyo
Samurai-flutist Madonna slays a dragon just to show you how alpha she is.
Madonna for Legend
For a country known for being reserved and polite, Japan is an awesome place to get your drink on. If Mr. Han Solo's commercial is to be believed, friendship can be struck toasting imaginary brewskies with half-naked strangers in the sauna.
Harrison Ford for Kirin Lager
Telecom giant SoftBank released a series of commercials starring Cameron Diaz on the phone while doing everyday Japanese stuff like grocery shopping, walking down the street, walking alone in the snow, and being casually picked up at a formal ball.
Cameron Diaz for SoftBank
Believe it or not, Britney Spears once was actually relevant enough to watch outside of Las Vegas.
Britney Spears for Go, Go, Tea
She may have two Oscars under her belt but not even Jodie Foster's acting chops can convince us she's actually thrilled taking pictures of a Honda Civic.
Jodie Foster for Honda Civic
Nobody else but the Japanese can pull off doing a credit card ad for a motor oil brand with Bruce Willis shooting at telephones using a cheesy sci-fi raygun in bed wearing orange pajamas.
Bruce Willis for Eneos
If only Sly puts as much panache into his own acting.
Sylvester Stallone for Knorr
Richard Gere, looking all wise and zen and stuff, gets unforgivingly laughed at by a soulless ginger after being hooked with the ol' bait & switch.
Richard Gere for Orangina
If you've ever wondered what Ben Stiller would look like encased in ice, this is your lucky day.
Ben Stiller for Kirin Chu-Hi
While the first family of American TV are no strangers to stateside endorsements (e.g. Butterfinger and Burger King), most people in Japan know about The Simpsons more from their commercial appearances since the show is only available on satellite TV.
The Simpsons for Mister Donut
Not even sword fighting can mess up Natalie Portman's hair.
Natalie Portman for Lux Super Rich
Essentially the plot to Fight Club.
Brad Pitt for Roots Coffee
Hulk Hogan singing in his boxers. 'Nuff said.
Hulk Hogan for Hitachi Bigflow