American film stars like to do commercials in Japan. The pay is fantastic and, hey, it's not like their fans back in the U.S. will ever see the things, right?
Wrong, thanks to YouTube. Here's Nicolas Cage shilling for, as far as I can tell, pachinko, a Japanese arcade game that features cascading silver balls falling through a maze of pegs. I don't understand it either, but the Japanese are freaking nuts about it. Click on the jump for another bizarre commerical by Cage from the same series. -- Cory Casciato
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