"Drive ni tsuretette" (Take me for a drive) is fun for me on many levels. First of all, it is a song by Miki Imai, who is my favorite Japanese pop singer, but beyond that it was filmed starting in Lancaster, California out in the desert about 40 miles north-northeast of where I grew up - the San Fernando Valley. It is also just a couple of miles north of Palmdale airport where all of the Space Shuttles were built, some planes my dad designed parts for flew - SR-71 for example, and near where my nephew Lewis (the flying instructor) lived for a while.
The car in the video is a 1966 Ford Thunderbird, which is the same model car that my mother had when I was in high school and thus got to drive, except Mom's was silver and had a white "Landau" top.
Other trivia - note the parked 1957 Corvette when Miki pulls into the diner. Then there's little angel figurine she buys and puts on the dashboard which says "Music fills the heart with joy".
At the end, the movie on the marquee at the theater is "Killer Potatoes Attack", which I don't think was an actual movie, but there is a movies titled "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and "Attack of the Killer Potatoes" was the title of a 1997 children's book. The Orpheum theater is located in Los Angeles.
Best of all, perhaps, the theater, itself is an historic one. Built in 1926, the Orpheum theater on Broadway was owned and operated by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and featured performers such as Eddie Cantor and Will Rogers. Jack Benny is said to have met his wife "Mary" while he was working here. Mary Livingston was a lingerie salesperson across the street at the May Company department store (a chain I worked for just after graduating college). Special movie events are still held at the Orheum, sometimes with silent films accompanied by the completely restored Wurlitzer organ.
So, keep all that in mind as you watch, and enjoy the ride. Besides, in two or three years, when peak oil really grabs hold, a music video may be the closest you get to cruising Southern California in a T-bird...
An English translation can be found about halfway down this webpage: Imai Miki Lyrics