Byline: Janet Heath
JAPANESE actor Koji Yakusho, a veteran of more than 50 motion pictures, who has been described as Japan's Robert DeNiro was on location for three days in Rainbow Beach over the long weekend.
About 46 people were involved in the production of a Suntory "Straight" beer TV commercial.
Location Scout John Davies said that Rainbow Beach was chosen over Moreton and Stradbroke Islands and that it had a great deal to do with the Gympie Regional Council who provided gift bags that included postcards and information on the whole region from the country to the coast.
"Please make sure you mention the council and how helpful they were along with the EPO, Parks and Wildlife and local police who helped ensure a smooth operation on your beautiful sands," Mr Davies said
Born Koji Hashimoto, Koji Yakusho was selected one of four out of 800 candidates to study at Mumei Juku Acting Studio in 1978.
There he met actress Kawatsu Saeko, whom he married in 1982. …