First off, let me just say what this is: Johnny Depp appeared on a Japanese TV show, where he was serenaded--no, ambushed and stunned into submission--by four little stage-managed girls, ages 4-8, dressed in Pirates of the Caribbean 3 costumes. It's the most painfully bizarre and pathetic television 8 min. of television I've seen this year. [I'll wait while you watch it. In fact, I'm going to watch it again myself.]
OK, the show is called Gakkou e Ikou! MAX [Let's Go To School MAX!, here's a fanblog of the show in English], and it's on TBS. The kid[s] is/are known as Tensai Electone Shoujo, [Genius Electone Girls], after the Yamaha Electone organ/synthesizer they play. The 4-yo is named Kinoshita Rei-chan. TES has 15,000+ Google results in Japanese, and one [from yesterday] in English.
From the awkward studio setup, it looks like they taped the performance at a POC3 junket. Orlando Bloom's Rei-chan & co. ambush is set to air Tuesday in Japan, so stay tuned.
Tensai Electone Shoujo is from Yamaguchi prefecture, the backwoods of western Japan near [sic] Nagasaki. Rei-chan and her classmates were discovered by the MAX producers at the beginning of May, and they have been on the show several times before this Depp episode.
What the hell is wrong with these people?? Who the hell is this teacher, Yamazaki-sensei?? Sure, she's on TV now with her little mutant creations, but what were those kids doing up until six weeks ago?? The teacher has basically programmed her wacked out aesthetic onto hapless, impressionable kids. Watch their every move and utterance and tell me you don't see it. It's like Little Miss Sunshine-meets-Waiting For Guffman. Forget rural China; move the international adoption operations to BF Japan; these are some of the most unfortunate children I've ever seen.
So here are some more clips: