We can always count on Japan for some of the craziest and most epic advertisements on television. One of the latest commercials from Pepsi Japan lives up to that reputation with a stylized live-action short that chronicles Jude Law‘s transformation from a man into a demon.
Via Rocket News 24, Pepsi Japan’s ad is the fifth in a series about the mythical Japanese hero, Momotarō (a.k.a Peach Boy), who was literally born out of a peach before growing up to become a great warrior. The first four ads in the series focused on the origins of Momotarō and the heartbreaking backstories of his talking animal companions as they prepare to confront the demon island, Onigashima. And that’s where Law comes in. He’s portraying Onigashima as a tragic figure in this spotlight commercial.
Unless you can read Japanese, those subtitles are going to give you some trouble. But according to Rocket News 24, the gist of it is that Onigashima was once a mighty warrior who was beloved by his people. To overcome a fearsome foe, Onigashima gave up his mortality and revealed just how powerful he really was. The people became frightened and they turned on Onigashima before locking him away deep within the island. His pain and anger triggered a startling metamorphosis, which left him as something truly monstrous. Now, it’s up to Shun Oguri’s Momotarō to defeat Law’s Onigashima, as they come face-to-face in the closing moments of this ad.
It’s not clear if Law’s appearance is a one-off, or if he’ll be back for the next installment. For all we know, Momotarō will be taking on the CGI Onigashima. Either way, we’re dying to see more. The tagline for these ads is “Defeat those stronger than you,” and it’s a pretty fitting expression for this tale!
And if you want to check out the full saga up to now, here’s a big ol’ thing of ’em.
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Image: Pepsi Japan