Softbank Mobile's TV commercial family, the Shiratos, now have a new member. Director Quentin Tarantino will play an uncle to actress Aya Ueto in the wacky "White Family" that appears in the mobile phone provider's TV commercials and posters.
Tarantino, 46, plays "Tara-chan," Ueto's Sakamoto Ryoma-loving uncle. The actress said of filming the commercial, which Tarantino did while he was in Japan last week to promote "Inglourious Basterds," that "he ad-libbed his whole samurai persona and was so enthusiastic. His energy was really surprising."
Ueto joked around about pestering her new-found uncle for a movie role. "He's a really kind director... maybe I'll ask him to make a Hollywood movie about the Shirato family."
In the ads, Ueto and American actor Dante Carver are siblings, while Kanako Higuchi is the mother and a white dog is the father of the family.
Meanwhile, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son used the occasion to announce that Softbank Mobile will add to its lineup its first phone using Google Inc's Android operating system in the spring. He added that the phone would feature an OLED screen.© Wire reports