In Japan there’s a fascination with the filmmaking practices in the west. This is partially attributable to the fact that the Japanese film industry is microscopic in comparison. This obsession with western films and filmmakers reached a fever-pitch in the 1980’s where filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and countless others became global figureheads.
Well, now, after decades of being lost a new interview with Spielberg from a Japanese TV station can be seen online. The interview material is quite engaging. It’s also extremely interesting to see what Japanese commercials were like in the 1980’s. They were so quick. It’s impressive to see a commercial set up a premise, inject a product, and pitch the product in lets than ten seconds.