Japanese TV, Part II - Sonim vs. Orlando Bloom

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw Korean-Japanese teenybopper Sonim interview international heartthrob Orlando Bloom in English on a prime-time television show. Without hyperbole, I present for you the dialogue that transpired….

Sonim: Hi! … I’m really nervous.
Orlando: (congenially) Don’t be nervous.
Sonim: …
Orlando: …
Sonim: So, how are you?
Orlando: Good. I’m a little sleepy though. Jetlag.
Sonim: …
Orlando: What time did you get up today?
Sonim: I got up at 6.
Orlando: …
Sonim: …
Orlando: …
Sonim: So, I heard you have a dog.
Orlando: Yes.
Sonim: (pulls out picture of dog) This is my dog.
Orlando: Ah, it’s a chihuahua.
Sonim: Yes.
Orlando: …
Sonim: …
Orlando: …

W. David MARX (Marxy)
November 5, 2005

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

12 Responses

  1. r@r.edu Says:

    obviously, all that hard work and money is paying off. sonin did pretty well too!

  2. porandojin Says:

    it screams warhol ! i love this post and the interview

  3. saru Says:

    I’d say it was a Shinto ritual of some sort, but then again it was a Korean wasn’t it…. No invocation of Derrida will let me pull that one off.

  4. nate Says:

    I saw something like this before with a different idol type and minor-ish western celebrity a few weeks ago. I think it’s about making celebs try things that are really scary for them, one of the biggest being “using english”.

    Japanese “fear factor”.

  5. odot Says:

    in france we have an awful standup comedian who built his entire career on a series of itws he did when he wasn’t famous, playing the part of a simple, weird guy, in front of famous people.

  6. marxy Says:

    I don’t think Sonim was doing a schtick.

  7. alin Says:

    looks like iwakan but, oh my god , it could be an epidemic. korea might also be infected and terminally ill.

  8. womble Says:

    Isn’t Sonin the postergirl for ECC language schools? What a fine ambassador for their curriculum…

  9. jariten Says:

    That show is one of the few that don’t make me regret turning on the TV (another being that show on Sunday with the chimp walking around with the dog).

  10. marxy Says:

    I can say that Sonim’s English is pretty good.

    There’s a show where a chimp walks around a dog??? Tell me more!

  11. guest Says:

    Oh yeah, パンくん and ジェームズ are the best thing on TV!

    http://www.cuddly.co.jp

    The show where they did movie parodies was classic. 「リング」was hilarious, but the chimp penis flashing in「男はつらいよ〜フーテンのパン次郎」was a bit much…

  12. Carl Says:

    I enjoyed it when SMAP’s Katori Shingo interviewed Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise as the “Katsuken Samba” character. I’m pretty sure they do interviews like that just in order to generate Lost in Translation-esque vibes for celebs.