The story is about a commercial for Kleenex tissues that was shown on Japanese TV back in 1986 or so. It featured an actress in a white dress sitting next to a child made up to look like a baby ogre. There was supposedly a really creepy song in a foreign language that when researched, is actually an old German folk song with the words “Die, die, everyone is cursed and will be killed.” Soon after the debut of the commercial, a lot of people complained that it was creepy, or cursed, and it was quickly pulled off the air.

Soon after though, accidents started to befall the actors and crew of the commercial, including the child playing the baby ogre dying of sudden organ failure, the actress being committed to a mental institution where she is either still there, or at some point committed suicide by hanging herself (depending on the version of the story). You can see where this is going, it’s pretty much a standard urban legend.Just like the movie Ring, anyone who sees the commercial will have anything from bad luck to a violent death, etc.

Below is the allegedly cursed commercial. To say the least, I was not impressed by the lack of spookiness in this commercial. Not only was the little ogre-kid cute and the lady pretty, the song is in English, and is called “It’s a fine day” by Miss Jane. The ‘accursed’ lyrics are:

It’s a fine day
People open windows
They leave their houses
Just for a short while
They walk by the grass
And they look at the grass
They look at the sky
It’s going to be a fine night tonight
It’s going to be a fine day tomorrow

Not really the kind of lyrics that people associate with curses and fatal accidents. I’ll give the rumormongers that it is in a minor key and the song could sound a little strange if you didn’t understand the lyrics. Also, of course, there haven’t been any string of accidents or deaths among the people associated with the commercial. In fact, the actress in the commercial is a woman by the name of Keiko Matsuzaka and she is still working as an actress and is active in Japanese celebrity circles. Other interesting roles of hers are that of Princess Fuse in the 1983 movie production of the Hakkenden, and she had a role in "The House of Inugami (dog spirit). This sounds like a horror/thriller to me, so those looking for her in a horror role will finally be rewarded, I suppose.But who knows, maybe its the belief that THERE IS a curse on the commercial that gave power to the curse. Do you have enough courage to watch the commercial?

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