Japanese laughing game show: A weird Japanese show dares you to laugh

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A weird Japanese show dares you to laugh

Comedians laugh at their own jokes. It’s part of the gig, given how a performer’s laughter eases an audience—infects them, if you will—and spreads through them, like ripples formed by tossing a stone into a ticklish lake. This idea is tested by the strangely compelling Japanese reality competition, Documental, the first two seasons of which are now on Amazon Prime Video. Ten comedians, of varying style and popularity, are locked in a room for 6 hours, each trying to make the others crack up while keeping their own composure intact. They who laugh are eliminated.

It sounds straightforward enough, but this is a Japanese show and, characteristically, nothing turns out as expected. Created and hosted by renowned comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, the invitations for Documental are handed out sinisterly, as if chosen comedians are being given envelopes containing six orange pips and being cursed, not commended. It is also unusual that contestants must stake their own money—the prize is ¥11 million, with each player (plus Matsumoto himself) bringing ¥1 million to the table, making it feel more like a card game than a reality competition: a veritable World Series of Poker-Faces.

Before combat begins, there is a solemness to the proceedings. “People don’t laugh at me but comedians find me funny,” reveals a competitor, preparing to take on the perils of the room. “Even her poker face is funny,” Matsumoto says about one player, while another is described as a “mood maker who brings a wild energy to the room”. The host is dismissive about a less famous player pitted against senior comedians, saying it would be like a man trying to tickle hard-hitting professional wrestlers.

This talk of seniority and strategy made me picture a scene of comedic virtuosity, one where highly-skilled artistes would launch forth with jokes too sharp and insightful to not be laughed at, humour so finely polished it would be irresistible. I first began to suspect my expectations might be off when one enthused young competitor said—in all seriousness—that one of his key strategies was going to be “to show the butt-hole”. Right. This isn’t quite going to be a competitive edition of A Bit Of Fry And Laurie, then.

The comedians critique each other on the spot, talking about timing and technique. “That sure was a great face,” they say about one weirdly eerie face pulled by a veteran. “It’s the face of a classic comedian.” It may be, but that isn’t what they laugh at. That’s the thing, anything can be a trigger. And while the outlandish (and often vulgar) triggers themselves might not be our individual cups of tea—one competitor’s entire shtick is to furiously yell out his own name—it is delightful to watch these comedians bust out laughing and lose their place.

On the British sitcom Coupling (also streaming on Amazon Prime), there is a citation of a phenomenon called the “giggle loop”, an involuntary impulse to laugh during a most inopportune moment, causing you to swallow the laughter and suffocate it within, which of course amplifies it, eventually causing a most inappropriately timed and loud laugh. “It’s an enormous laugh. Let this bastard out and you’ve got whiplash,” warns the show’s resident know-it-some, Jeff Murdock.

The Documental set is made up of giggle-loop landmines. The comedians make faces, put their testicles inside the pipe of a vacuum cleaner, make their heads bleed, fool around with props of all types. It is so puerile, so unashamedly stupid, that watching it frequently feels dirty. This, then, is less about comic sophistry than about surprise. Elaborate costume-based routines fail to evoke a laugh, while a fortuitously timed stutter gets a professional to break down and lose his place in the competition.

“That stutter was incredible,” admits the comedian on his way out, and Matsumoto must then deliberate which comedian should get the point for his exit: the one who stuttered, or the one who first reacted to the stutter before the laugh-er, thereby evoking the laugh. It all sounds nuts but once you’ve waded in 20 minutes deep, Documental is difficult to look away from. By not being allowing to laugh, comedians are forced into an unnatural style of performance. “They have the same problem as boxers,” Matsumoto explains. “Whenever they make an attack, their guard drops.”

Think, for a moment, about the great Rowan Atkinson, who played the slapstick wordlessness of Mr. Bean as elegantly as he handled the immaculately enunciated historical sarcasm of Blackadder. The humour on this show may feel primitive, but laughter surpasses judgement. Documental serves as a reminder of how it doesn’t matter where exactly a laugh comes from, as long as it arrives with unstoppable force. Laughter may be the best medicine, but one man’s tonic is another man’s pill.

Stream of Stories is a column on what to watch online. Raja Sen is a film critic and the author of The Best Baker In The World (2017), a children’s adaptation of The Godfather.

He tweets at @rajasen

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We’ve gathered some of the funniest moments from Japanese Comedy Prank Shows, Comedy Sketches and Game shows. You’ll just never guess what they get away with in Japan, Hillarious!

Japanese Comedy! OWARAI!

Owarai is what is known as Japanese comedy in Japan, Owarai translates to ‘have a laugh’ (Warai). Ironically, many specifically Japanese comedy television shows have made it to the UK and USA – anybody remembers Takashi’s Castle?

Japanese Comedy Prank Shows still continue to be a major hit online, featuring thousands of views on YouTube. You may have seen the Manzai style comedy featured in Anime, typically the typically squabbling Oji-san pair (Old Uncles). Sometimes, their acts become so famous that they become a typical Owarai Kombi – Laughter Combi-Nation, you could think of this as the Japanese equivalent of Ant & Dec!

We’ve found some the greatest Japanese comedy show clips that our Nakama have enjoyed over the years
– We Suggested that you do not eat while watching these – Choke Hazard – You have been warned!

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SUDDENLY CHASED BY A CROWD PRANK – FLASH MOB

A hilarious series of attempts to scare random strangers on particular streets in Japan. This Japanese Comedy Prank Show has victim walking down an empty street, minding their own business, when suddenly from around corner, a mob of 100+ people begin chasing them!

Each person has their own reaction, but most often bolt in the opposite direction as if their life was dependent on escaping!

 

DINOSAUR ATTACK!

This Japanese Prank Show tries to recreate that famous scene from Jurassic Park where raptors chase the main characters.

Another surprise prank show where unsuspecting office workers after frightened and chased by people in Dinosaur costumes.

LIFT FLOOR BREAKS OPEN

You may have seen the video where the Lift floor falls away but turns out to be multiple screens on the floor. Well, this Japanese prank show ACTUALLY breaks the floor open.

The victim walks into the lift and suddenly the floor splits in two as they fall down into a bright white shoot and slide into a pool of gooey slime!

Yes, officially “Next Level” pranking.

The funniest part of this prank is the slow-motion camera which captures the shicked expressions of the victims as they plunge to their impending doom!

A GHOST IN A TAXI

So cruel… but yet so funny! This Japanese prank show features various Japanese celebrities taking a taxi from their work locations to the next. It’s just them and the Taxi driver and seemingly no one else.

However, from a hidden trap door in the front seat appears a terrifying ‘ghost woman’. When the victim sees the ghost they’re very frightened! The ghost often slowly turns around to talk to the victim, “You can see me?”, “What is your name?” “Answer me!”

The taxi driver plays along, “What’s the matter?”. “You see a girl? Where?”  So cruel! … yet so entertaining!

NO LAUGHING! – DOWNTOWN NO GAKI NO TSUKAI YA ARAHENDE!

A Japanese game show called “Downtown no gaki no tsukai ya arahende” which in Japanese (And a Kansai accent too) means, “Can’t use the kids from Down Town”. This show has been running since the 1980s, a very popular variety comedy show hosted by an Owarai duo Hosei Tsukitei and Cocorico.

This particular section is what the Japanese call a “Batsu Game” or a game with a punishment! The hosts and guests are in a highschool classroom situation, the aim is not to laugh! If they do laugh, they’ll have to be whacked on their ‘rear posterior’ with a bat!

As the “class” proceeds, hilarious scenarios are played out, often which are impossible not to laugh at! Imagine what a Japanese man who doesn’t speak much English, attempting to count to 100 in English by counting to 10 … 10 times over! – Batsu geimu da ne!?

 

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Gaki no Tsukai, No Laughing Batsu Game 2021 Canceled, What Happened

Nihon TV announced on September 20 that it’s canceling the 2021 edition of Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende, the annual comedy TV show featuring Downtown, Hōsei Tsukitei, Cocorico, and others.

2021 was supposed to mark the 15th anniversary of Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, a show you’ve definitely already heard about under the name Gaki no Tsukai or No Laughing Batsu Game. The comedy series is popular outside Japan thanks to fansubbed versions of the show.

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Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende and its No Laughing Batsu Game 2021 explained

Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! is a special series aired every new years eve in Japan, where several veteran comedians participate. One of the most popular moments is the No Laughing Batsu Game, where the comedians are put into various situations and they absolutely must not laugh despite how ridiculous said situation can get.

The comedians who laugh are “Out” and get hit with corporal punishment like spanking. It’s pretty much the embodiment of Japanese TV comedy, which can be pretty cringe or extremely funny depending on your tastes and whether you’re used to it or not.

Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! is one of the most popular shows in Japan. You might have also heard of the show under more unfortunate conditions: a few years ago one of the comedians featured did a black face. But overall, it’s one of the most-watched programs during new years eve timeframe in late December, alongside the NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, where dozens of popular music artists appear.

Gaki no Tsukai producer Ichiro Goda hinted in his comments that the show will come back in some form at some point. He hopes that for now, the comedians will “rest their butts” since they usually get hit so much. Personally speaking, I think that after 15 years, the show did run out of ideas, and perhaps we’ll see a new formula with new comedians starting 2022. Making a new show revolving around younger comedians like Sunshine Ikezaki or black comedian Ike Nwala would be a great thing in my book.

Note that this year, a special rerun will be aired instead of the usual show. You can always hit me up on Twitter @A_iyane to discuss Japanese TV shows and dramas. As long as they aired between 2000 and 2016.

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20 Bizarre Japanese Sports Shows | Bleacher Report

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    Get ready for a wild tour. You are entering a world of gladiatorial challenges, costumed comedians, humiliating failures, sexy ladies in wet T-shirts and some of the most bizarre obstacle courses a human mind could think up.

    Welcome to the world of Japanese sports competition shows.

    These shows fall into two categories: (1) batsu games and (2) true athletic games.

    The batsu games are segments of variety shows. Sometimes the contestants are athletes, but often they are comedians, celebrities or everyday Joes. Competitors wear costumes and attempt silly athletic stunts. Some sort of humiliating punishment is doled out for failures: A mud bath, a cold water bath or perhaps a good old-fashioned smack to the testes.

    The true athletic games are usually of the obstacle-course sort. Contestants are most commonly everyday Joes, but they are also occasionally professional athletes—even Olympic medalists. The winners become celebrities, just as with western reality television stars.

    Get ready for some wincing, some cringing, some laughing and a whole mess of head-scratching “WTF”-ing.

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    So an eggplant, a mushroom, a cockroach and a banana (with a phallic tip that the camera keeps lingering on) ride tricycles on treadmills and slam their heads into buttons to increase the speed.

    No, really.

    I told you, this is a wild and weird world.

    By the way, I will never ever get tired of listening to the host say “deadly conveyor belt [of] terror” in English (video time 1:53).

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    If you’ve ever seen Ninja Warrior, then you’ve seen Sasuke. Ninja Warrior is just an edited version repackaged for international audiences.

    The show began in 1997 as a spinoff of Kinniku Banzuke and still runs today.

    The outdoor set in Yokohama is known as Sacred Mount Midoriyama. It houses a menacing obstacle course in which everyday workers (fishermen, office workers, salesmen, students…)  compete.

    Fisherman/He-man Makato Nagano (see the Viking: TUOC slide) says of Sasuke: “This really is the Olympics of no-names.

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    This is the all-female version of the obstacle course show Sasuke. International audiences may know the show as Women of Ninja Warrior.

    The biggest champion to emerge from the show is the very talented, very buff Ayako Miyake, who won the competition an amazing three times.

    Perhaps the contestant that most of us tuned in for, though, was 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Year and G4 host Sara Underwood.

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    This ultimate cycling challenge is a segment from the game show Doors.

    The winner, appearing as the fourth contestant in this video, was Takashi Okamura. Though he lost the bike, he managed to stay high and dry. He ran/waddled the rest of the way to the finish line.

    Word has it that he’ll appear on Oprah and confess to receiving an oxygen-doped blood transfusion at about the halfway point of this floating bridge.

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    I couldn’t dig up what show this game hails from, but the challenge involves insane treadmill running. At each of four checkpoints, contestants have to scarf down a cookie. But at checkpoint No. 3, they also have to toss down a glass of milk.

    The whole stunt has to be completed in 30 seconds.

    Fail and the treadmill rockets you back into a pool of water.

    I wanted to empathize with the contestants as I watched this, so I jogged in place for five seconds and then ate a plate of cookies.

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    A Popular Science analysis of what is happening here:

    Looking through the binoculars, your eyes perceive a final enlarged image in front of where the object actually is. Notice how the players always seem to miss the ball by kicking too far in front. That’s where they see it.

    So what’s next? I propose…

    Night-vision baseball.

    Or how about…

    Periscope water polo?

    Any suggestions, readers?

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    The English-speaking narrator here guides you through the basics of the four stages of this comedic water sports game: human darts (a satire of diving), synchronized tasting (a satire of synchronized swimming), aquatic dash (a satire of the 50-meter freestyle) and spider (apparently they gave up on the satirizing for this one).

    If you’re jonesing for the Olympic Summer Games, this show probably won’t quench your thirst. But it is good for a few chuckles while at your work cubicle.

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    How many times have you heard parents complaining that their kids play too many video games? Go outside instead! Get some exercise.

    So here’s the ultimate compromise: Be the video game.

    Yes, Nōkabe (a.k.a “Brain Wall”) is a segment of the game show Tonneruzu no Minasan no Okage deshita.

    It’s Tetris. With contestants playing the role of the falling pieces.

    The concept became very popular and spawned similar shows around the world.

    What’s your pick for the next live action video game? Sticking with the retro theme, I’ll go with Pac-Man.

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    The English-speaking narrator explains the ins and out of this show very well, with one glaring omission: why the contestants are dressed as mutated Jiminy Crickets.

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    Notice the low camera angle on this one. Think maybe that was on purpose?

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    All-Star Athletic Games is a segment  from the TV show Haneru no Tobira (You Knock On a Jumping Door!)

    The game involves comedians dressing up as other celebrities and trying their hand at ridiculously hard athletic stunts. When things go wrong—as they almost certainly do—the comedians plummet into icy water or flour.

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    Another ninja-themed game. This is a team challenge that might be described as urban geocaching. Only the cached “treasure” can make a break for it once you find it (see video time 1:45).

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    This was the Grand Poobah of Japanese sports variety shows. The Great Patriarch, if you will. It aired from 1986 and 1989 and was largely responsible for the popularity of the sports variety genre.

    The titular Takeshi is a Japanese actor and comedian. In the show, he played the role of a count who lives in a castle. Contestants have try to beat the defenses of the castle and get to Takeshi.

    The defenses came in the form of wacky challenges including running up avalanche chutes, crossing rope bridges, swinging from platform to platform, sliding from base to base in a muddy baseball diamond, pole vaulting, jousting…you name it, Takeshi’s castle had it.

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    This is a once-a-year program, usually held on New Year’s Day.

    Pretty simple concept: competitors are put through a series of mental and physical challenges. Better performance equals more points. The most points wins the game.

    Notable international contestants include:

    Decathlete Paul Terek (a 2007 winner), Olympic gold medalist decathlete Bryan Clay and Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino.

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    So here we have a rodeo event that involves women in bikinis riding mechanical bulls.

    And to top off the humiliations…they are lobbing pies at one another. Yee-haw?

    Hm, you think it was a man that came up with this concept?

    If you want someone to thank for this, try Koji Imada. He is the host of the show that put out this sketch and a wildly popular comedian.

    His show—canceled, to the chagrin of some, the relief of others—was titled Yarisugi Kôjî, which translates roughly to “Doing Too Much Koji.”

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    The title translates to “quiz from the other side of the world.” The show features a female comedy trio known as Mori 3-chu.

    In this bit, they are in Oslo, Norway where they try a bunch of crazy sporting activities including body surfing in freezing cold water (video time 1:15), sled diving (1:53), zip-lining over a frozen river WHILST ON FIRE (see it to believe it at 2:45), bungee sledding (3:50), and then they top it off by attempting a polar bear swim with three members of the Norwegian midwinter swimming team (6:45).

    Think of this as the Three Stogettes do the Winter Olympics.

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    The full name is: Viking: The Ultimate Obstacle Course.

    The show was set in Tokyo Bay and ran from 2005-2007.

    It is a gladiator-type competition repackaged as a Viking quest.

    Contestants must pass through 4 stages (marine, adventure, fantasy and finally Viking) to be crowned a true Viking warrior. Each stage has a series of wacky obstacles.

    The Viking rejects you see in this video are all failing at an obstacle known as Cannonball Run.

    In the show’s run, only one person got to the fourth stage: Japanese fisherman/He-man Makoto Nagano. Unfortunately, even he ran out of time just before he reached the finish.

    ESPN2 aired some episodes of the show with American commentators back in 2006.

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    This wildly successful sports variety show ran from 1995-2002. (It ended in 2002, not as a result of low ratings, but as a result of contestant injuries.)

    Sports challenges were designed with the idea that they were impossible to accomplish. Then athletes, some incredibly buff and agile, others not so much, tried to prove the designers wrong.

    Although the show was sensationalized and reveled in slow-motion “fails” (ala Jackass or America’s Funniest Home Videos), this one was truly about athletic talent.

    The New York Times said the show involved “genuine tests of skill and athleticism.”

    The show was so successful that it spun off other popular shows such as Viking and Ninja Warrior as well as dozens of international versions.

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    Watch the first 30 seconds of this video and, depending on your personality, you’ll do one of two things: 1) vow to never set foot in Japan, or 2) vow to get to Japan as soon as possible.

    I mean who is the creative force behind these kinds of contests?

    Hey honey, wake up.

    What is it dear?

    I just thought of a great bit for the show: A bunch of spandex clad dudes will shove the asses of giant exploding sumo wrestlers.

    Brilliant, dear. I’m certain it will be a ratings smash.

    And apparently it was. This er…wrestling(?) segment is from the very long running hit show Downtown No Gaki No Tsukai Ya Arahende!! It features the popular comedic duo known as “Downtown.”

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    Note: NSFW, so watch the video here at your own discretion.

    For those of you still reeling from the changes to the LFL, this might be just what the doctor ordered.

    The premise is basically this: men use their athletic prowess to uncover a naked woman panel by panel.

    Sexist. Demeaning. Horrifically un-PC. But one can only imagine—men being who we are—that the show brings in some astronomical ratings.

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    Top 5 Funniest Jimmy Onishi Moments in Japanese Comedy Show “Waratte wa Ikenai”

    Despite most assuming that Japan is a country of serious faces and hidden emotions, the TV industry is booming with slapstick comedy, comedians from Osaka, and classic shows putting a smile on fans’ faces. Japanese comedy comes in a variety of types: rakugo, an amusing monologue performed by a solo speaker; owarai, which includes game shows and variety shows; manzai, which involves two characters swapping jokes in a fast-paced dialogue, usually with one intelligent and the other dim-witted; and kyogen, which you may see in traditional Noh performances in the shape of satire and slapstick. Some Japanese comedies have become so famous that they are recognized in other parts of the world, such as the notorious “PPAP” song by Daimaou Kosaka.

    One popular owarai show is Gaki no Tsukai‘s Waratte wa Ikenai, which means “laughing is forbidden.” It is a special six-hour New Year show starring five popular comedians: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Naoki Tanaka, Masatoshi Hamada, Hosei Yamasaki (Hosei Tsukitei), and Shozo Endo. The show has a different theme each year and it involves a number of challenges and sketches designed to make the comedians laugh. If they laugh, they are punished.

    The show has had various famous guests in the past, sometimes serious actors playing silly roles, or well-known models or comedians. Jimmy Onishi has appeared many times on Waratte wa Ikenai as a guest. Onishi is known for being a little slow, although he is exceptionally good at painting.

    Here are the top five funniest Jimmy Onishi moments when he has appeared on Waratte wa Ikenai to make the comedians, and audiences at home, laugh until their sides ache! All of the following videos have English subtitles:

    5. Sleeping

    The staff took Jimmy out to get him really drunk and then let him sleep, where they filmed him making odd noises. The actors just can’t keep straight faces while the snoring Jimmy makes sounds like a dog, especially with the subtitles!

    4. The Smelly Harmonica

    Japanese comedy often involves making someone extremely uncomfortable with unpleasant sensations, such as bad flavors or extreme temperatures. As well as being a great painter, Jimmy Onishi also has a very sensitive sense of smell. In this sketch, Onishi is asked to examine and play a foul-smelling harmonica, and his reaction is classic.

    3. Counting to 100

    Most Japanese people learn a little English in school and can say basic words, phrases, and numbers. Jimmy was asked to count to 100 in English and takes a wild guess when he doesn’t know, making for very funny consequences.

    2. Please Describe This Smell

    Again taking advantage of Jimmy Onishi’s incredibly sensitive nose, he is given a disgusting-smelling object and asked to describe it. His reaction is just hilarious, proving impossible for the hosts to keep their faces straight. (Begin at 00:50.)

    1. Massachusetts

    The top funniest Jimmy Onishi moment has to be when he was asked to read out a script of Annie, but was completely unable to pronounce “Massachusetts state.” It’s so funny that even the producer loses it. See if you can watch it without smiling!

    Waratte wa Ikenai continues to entertain people across the country every New Year’s Eve with ridiculous sketches and funny moments that put smiles on people’s faces with the turn of the new year. We are certainly hoping to see a lot more of the wonderful Jimmy Onishi.

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    ‘I Survived a Japanese Game Show’ – The Hollywood Reporter

    With ABC’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” we get the equivalent of a 45-second YouTube video stretched to an hour, week after painful week.

    It’s rather like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that should have stayed a skit and not wound up on the big screen (“It’s Pat! — The Movie”). There’s a reason that idiotic, humiliating games that transform people into human fertilizer are a staple of TV in Japan and not the U.S. In their game shows, the Japanese have elevated cruelty to an art form. The idea that we’d sit at our computer monitors and guffaw at the culturally befuddling absurdity that goes along with being a Japanese contestant is one thing, but to think it would cross over to American TV takes the joke a surrealistic step too far. We’re left scrambling for our mouse and the left-click button, only to realize to our horror that we’ve again been full-on invaded by Japan.

    That said, it really is funny to watch this show for about five minutes. It starts off with a game in which Americans are made to eat off of a plate attached to the head of a teammate running on a treadmill. Based loosely on a concept imported by executive producer Tim Crescenti from Denmark, the idea here involves whisking 10 unwitting Americans to Japan to compete before a live audience and a cloying, jeering Japanese host, Rome Kanda. It’s a reality show-within-a-game show, with the winner taking home $250,000 and the glory of being made a laughingstock before the citizenry of two nations.

    If this were consistently funny or remotely interesting, we could of course forgive the fact that “Japanese Game Show” bisects the Seventh Circle of Hell. But instead, it’s just the same dopey, preening, hallucinatory vibe over and over. The zany challenges — people smashing eggs with their butt wearing a chicken suit or covering themselves in flour in myriad ways — pile up to the point where we’re literally screaming for the visual assault to stop.

    It’s not just the game itself that proves so torturous but all of the ridiculous add-ons that go with it: the childlike cartoon visages of various animals, the sound effects that appear to have been lifted from a preschool’s arsenal, the pep-rally hysteria of the audience and of course a host whose mission seems to be pushing the contestants to rehab. Rumor has it that a handful of states already are considering piping episodes of “Japanese Game Show” into the execution chamber as a novel method of sending those on death row to the Great Beyond, but officials fear it will be struck down as cruel and unusual punishment. Fortunately, those who aren’t locked up can escape the lethal impact using a remote. For now. (partialdiff)

    90,000 10 of the craziest Japanese TV shows

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    Russian television is often accused of lack of a creative approach to creating a TV show, which makes viewers lose interest in it. Indeed, new content ideas on domestic TV channels are rarely implemented, and our TV people avoid openly risky formats altogether: suffice it to recall how “vegetarian” shows such as “Dom-2” are attacked even at the State Duma level.

    Conservatism in the approach to television content TV experts are explained by the peculiarities of the world view of the Russian TV viewer. However, this explanation seems very dubious in the context of the global market – after all, the craziest TV shows are created in countries with the most conservative social systems.

    The championship here, of course, belongs to Japan – TV shows from the Land of the Rising Sun go far beyond the generally accepted norms, but their popularity reaches fantastic heights.And even in countries where they are not shown, videos from Japanese programs go viral on the Internet.

    We have collected 10 of the craziest TV shows from Japan, which can become a source of inspiration not only for Russian TV people, but also for domestic advertisers.

    Whereas in Western television culture, television shows are focused on testing skills – both mental and physical – in Japan, they tend to focus on insults and humiliation, performing strange, sometimes dangerous and painful tasks.But there is no shortage of participants.

    One of the striking examples is an episode from the comedy show AKBingo! , in which two girls play “blowing” a cockroach. For the “game” a transparent tube is used, where there is a dead insect and the task of the participants (or participants) to use all the strength of their lungs to win. The rule of the contest is that the loser must chew the cockroach and then swallow it.

    Gear “Lollipop or not lollipop?” .Its plot is simple to disgrace: the invited stars of Japanese show business taste candy, exactly like a variety of household items. And sometimes lollipops are these objects. In such a simple way, the producers of the show forced celebrities to eat hangers, doorknobs, shoes and flowers.

    In this show, the participant must pull on the shorts that are lowered below the knee. To prevent the girl from helping herself with her hands, she was dressed in a T-shirt with artificial breasts, which you constantly have to hold.Adding intrigue is the fact that the girl who assists the participant of the show, for some reason, is dressed in one underwear, and the judges watching what is happening on the stage are dressed according to all the canons of Japanese fashion – in a kimono.

    Ayako Imoto is an adventurer and Japanese celebrity who everyone knows for her crazy antics. This time she took part in one of the Japanese shows. The meaning of the transfer: raw meat is attached to a woman, the smell of which will attract one of the most dangerous and largest lizards in the world – the Komodo dragon, then everything is simple – the victim must have time to escape from the predator.

    Despite its size, the giant lizard moves very quickly and dexterously thanks to its powerful limbs, so that it can easily catch up with a person. But Ayako was lucky.

    In this TV show, the participant needs to eat a portion of noodles while sitting inside a working washing machine. This action is watched by men dressed in white gloves, stockings and skirts.

    In the next program, team members will have to eat marshmallows suspended in the air without using their hands.And it would be quite harmless fun, which are in abundance in the arsenal of every toastmaster, if at the same time the competitors were not pulled over their faces with a rope.

    The next competition is much more brutal: in it the participating girl needs to get over a pool with boiling water. Based on the conditions, we can make a firm conclusion: there were no winners in this show until the boiling water was replaced with plain hot water, which is still not very pleasant.

    Japanese TV show “Tore!” rivals compete in many different contests.Some of them are so scary that they resemble the trials from the horror movie “Saw”. In one competition, participants had to answer questions while they were wrapped like a mummy. If they fail to answer correctly, they are completely wrapped and placed in a sarcophagus. “Tore!” quickly became a hit, and even got a version of the video game for Nintendo 3DS.

    The show “ Guess the wife” deserves special attention. According to the terms of this “unusual” show, three girls participating in the competition undress and become so as to fix their priests in a special cardboard wall.Their husbands approach from the other side so that one cannot see where, whose wife is. To guess which of the 3 participants is their favorite, they must take turns inserting their personal belongings in turn for each girl. In this way, the man must guess where his wife is. It was believed that a real loving husband should find out where his wife is, even from this angle.

    There is a real karaoke cult in Japan. It would be strange if there was no program dedicated to this lesson.In the program Sing What Happens , male opponents have to sing in karaoke while the performer is pleasuring with a beautiful model. The participant must finish the song without losing his composure, with a more or less adequate face, and all in order to win 1 million yen.

    Japanese show that conquered with its frankness. The weirdest Japanese shows – both laughter and sin in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Japan is one of the most mysterious and peculiar countries of our planet.The original culture of the Japanese developed apart from the European or Asian powers, by itself.

    The strangest Japanese shows – both laughter and sin in the land of the Rising Sun

    Japan is one of the most mysterious and peculiar countries of our planet. The original culture of the Japanese developed apart from the European or Asian powers, by itself. The closed and very proud country of the Rising Sun until 1854 kept its borders shut from foreign guests.

    Much has changed in Japan today.Now it is one of the most developed and progressive powers on Earth. But the originality of Japanese culture has not gone anywhere. She simply assimilated with progress, without losing her unusual and amazing qualities. Europeans still cannot get used to the culture of the islands, finding some of the customs and traditions of the Japanese incredibly strange and inaccessible to understanding. Take, for example, Japanese TV shows: the devil will break his leg, trying to understand the meaning of amazing stories and scenarios. Game2Day has tried to sort out the weirdest Japanese shows.

    Show with sexual overtones

    The Japanese are very modest people, but as the Russian proverb says: “there are devils in a still pool.” Such devils are found in the Japanese whirlpools that even the most unflappable person will be dumbfounded by what is happening. What is the show “Sweet Kiss” worth. It would seem such an innocent name, right? Until the viewer understands that the participants in the show will be kissing other people’s fifths. Moreover, it is not known whose – male or female. Everything except them is hidden from the participants by the decoration and when choosing, you have to rely only on attention and luck.Moreover, the “models” for the show are selected as similar to each other as possible …

    Another show with a slight hint of eroticism is called “Do not swallow”. Before thinking about the bad, you should get acquainted with a simple plot. The female participants take milk into their mouths and sit on their knees to the man. And he, in turn, tickles his chosen one with all his might. The goal of the competition is not to swallow or spit milk out, enduring the tickling torture for as long as possible. Weird? Marvelous? Funny? Wait, everything is just beginning.

    What will they say on a decent federal channel if a person on the air loses his pants? Naturally, there will be a scandal. But in the Japanese show, Put Your Pants On, it’s the other way around. Two girls participate in the competition: one pulls off wide sweatpants from the other, leaving the participant in short shorts. The task of the second girl is to put the pants back on, but without using her hands. Why? Because with her hands she must cover the artificial breasts attached to the T-shirt. Fun, perky and completely illogical, however, as in most entertainment programs on Japanese television.

    The strangest shows

    In the Freak Show category, the Japanese have so many participants that they had to select the most shocking and unpredictable ones. And you can start with an alternative to the Russian TV program Pelsh – “Razigrysh”. Only now the level of jokes and “divorces” in Japan is completely different. For example, smiling people invite an unsuspecting participant into a meeting room with colleagues. But the victim ends up in a room seized by terrorists, who methodically begin to shoot the hostages with a sniper rifle.It doesn’t look like a harmless setup from Pelsh or Ashton Kutcher.

    Next is the program “Lollipop or not lollipop? “. Its plot is simple to disgrace: the invited stars of Japanese show business taste candy, exactly like a variety of household items. And sometimes lollipops are these objects. In such a simple way, the producers of the show forced celebrities to eat hangers, doorknobs, shoes and flowers.

    Well, tops the list of the strangest TV shows in Japan – “Cockroach duel”.The video from the competition scored over a million views on YouTube per day. It involves two girls, a glass tube and a deceased cockroach, for which the participants are going to arrange a dignified funeral … in each other’s mouths. That is, in fact, the whole purpose of the competition. But what is the motivation to win, isn’t it? The faint of heart is better off not looking.

    Sports Shows

    From a sports show in Japanese broadcasts, only the name. But they require a certain amount of physical training, and in some places – superhuman talents.You don’t have to go far for examples – the name of the show “Lunch in the Washing Machine” speaks for itself. The participant is placed inside a household appliance, traditional noodles with chopsticks are handed over, and the centrifuge is started. The challenge is to eat as much as possible. One thing pleases: the food is definitely germ-free, well-disinfected.

    The next competition is much more brutal: in it the participating girl needs to get over a pool of boiling water. Based on the conditions, we can make a firm conclusion: there were no winners in this show until the boiling water was replaced with plain hot water, which is still not very pleasant.

    The last competition for today seems completely harmless: all the participants need to eat the marmalade that hangs in front of them on a string. We can say that any toastmaster has such an entertaining reception in the arsenal, but the Japanese have managed to excel here too. The participants have their faces tied with a rope, which makes the show much funnier (by Japanese standards). The task becomes much more complicated, since the length of the rope is not designed for the distance that separates the participant and the cherished sweets.You have to pretend to be Jim Carrey, trying to get the best of both the rope and your own face and the ridicule of the audience.

    Japanese women and a cockroach

    Two Japanese women and one cockroach

    Two girls must simultaneously blow from different ends into a transparent tube with a cockroach inside, trying to drive the insect into the mouth of a rival. In just a day, several dozen copies of the video appeared on Youtube, and the total number of views exceeded a million.

    Slippery ladder

    Japanese show Slippery ladder

    Participants in this competition are invited to climb the wet ladder, firmly withstanding the attacks of the men at its top.

    No pants

    Japanese game Put on pants

    In the next competition, the participant must pull on the shorts that are lowered below the knee. To prevent the girl from helping herself with her hands, she was dressed in a T-shirt with artificial breasts, which you constantly have to hold.Moreover, for some reason the assistant of the participant of the show is dressed only in underwear, and the judges – in a kimono.

    Don’t swallow

    Japanese game Don’t swallow

    This show with a sexual connotation, judging by the number of views, is very popular in Japan. So, the girls are invited to undress and smear themselves with sunflower oil, or the girls put milk in their mouths, sit on the man’s lap, and he tickles them. The beautiful lady’s goal is not to swallow or spit out the milk.

    Whether to sneeze

    Japanese game Chihai

    In this competition, participants compete to see who sneezes faster by tickling their nostrils with a napkin.

    Boiling Pool

    Japanese Game Boiling Bath

    In this rather brutal competition, the girl has to get over a pool filled with boiling water.

    Deliver and feed

    Japanese game Hot cheese

    First, the girl picks up a baseball bat and rotates with it around her axis.Having lost her orientation in space, she must collect boiling cheese from a pan, run to a man sitting nearby on a chair and try to feed him.

    For fans of marshmallows

    Japanese game Siege marshmallows

    In this competition, team members will have to eat marshmallows suspended in the air without using their hands. And it would be quite harmless fun if at the same time the competitors were not pulled over their faces with a rope.

    Something strange

    Very strange Japanese game

    The next show is probably the strangest on Japanese television.There are participants here who crawl on transparent tables with spectators sitting under them, and the presenter, walking around the stage with a hammer, at some point begins to shoot the guests with a pistol. These same guests are constantly trying to hide under a transparent table, but the place under it is already taken by a stuffed man with glasses. Even on the stage, an assistant to the presenter in a kimono periodically appears, and the lower part of a female mannequin sticks out of the wall.

    Japan is famous for many things – samurai, anime, robots, sushi, and, of course, a huge number of incredibly weird TV shows.Take the weirdest idea you can think of, add bright costumes, sirens, flashing lights, screaming announcers, some angry animal to it and get a rough idea of ​​a typical Japanese TV show. Here are the weirdest Japanese shows ever seen on television.

      Tore!

      The concept behind the Tore! Script is pretty simple. Participants must solve puzzles or solve riddles while they are slowly mummified.It can be quite difficult to answer the questions of the presenter to the hysterical noise accompaniment while you are slowly wrapped in gauze. However, the show not only gives a whole range of mixed emotions, but also allows you to take a fresh look at the Egyptian mummies and their origins.

      Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende !!

      In Japan, many game shows are actually segments of other programs rather than their own separate entity. Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende !! just one of these – popular comedians are often invited here, and also constantly come up with new tests for the participants.A typical example is a competition in which sweaty men in diapers slowly rub butter over the faces of their rivals with their fifths.

      Takeshi Castle

      Takeshi Castle is the TV show that became the great-grandfather of all crazy Japanese programs. The game was invented in the late 1980s. Squads of rivals compete in crazy games like punching walls, using yourself as bowling balls, or fancy dressing up as huge palms. The show ran for only a few years, but generated many imitators in Japan and beyond.

      Dero!

      Get out of a mined building, gain fame, fortune and the right to live. Such is the scenario for the game show Dero !, which became so successful that it was sold as a franchise to European and American countries.

      Candy or not candy?

      A whole TV show was created based on this simple question. Ordinary people, stars and visiting celebrities taste the chocolates made by cruel pastry chefs behind the scenes of the show in appropriate decorations.They can contain both chocolate and wood, glass, leather or mattress filling. A simple game gathers millions of viewers and is wildly popular in its homeland.

      Team battle!

      A show with this name may seem quite normal, but if you delve into the question, it becomes clear that it does not smell normal here. Teams compete with each other by throwing bowling balls at their opponents, massaging with boxing gloves and other weird things that are unlikely to occur to someone who is not from Japan.

      Together towards the end of the world

      There is no team play in this show, but there are agents provocateurs and ordinary Japanese, who are ready to commit the most insane acts for a certain amount of yen. Sitting in a glass cube rolled by a huge bear? Easy, because there are no boundaries in this show.

      Silent Library

      Initially, the show debuted as part of another program, but quickly gained fans and airtime of its own. The essence of the show is that players sit at a table in the library and perform the most insane tasks, from card games to eating insects.At the same time, they must not violate the silence mode.

      AKBingo!

      Blowing dead beetles into the mouth of an enemy is a common occurrence on AKBingo !, which is the craziest Japanese TV show ever. Here, the most disgusting contests are used, due to which the rating of the show breaks all possible records.

    90,000 10 Craziest Japanese Shows – The City, 07/27/2021

    The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing. But apart from sporting achievements, Miyazaki’s cartoons, and Get Behind the Wheel of My Car, which won the Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the Japanese are known for their weird TV shows.Comments from the series “tin” and “krinzh” are accompanied by literally every video that hit the Web. The Japanese themselves consider their programs to be original, innocent and funny. Collected ten of the craziest.

    “Takeshi Castle” or “Japanese Fun”

    The progenitor of crazy Japanese programs. Takeshi Castle, or Japanese Fun, is a show by director and stand-up artist Takeshi Kitano. It was so popular that over time the program was sold under a franchise to different countries of the world, including Russia.Remember “Big Races” with Dmitry Nagiyev? This is the Russian version of the same castle. The meaning of the competition is simple: two teams, which include show business stars, actors and athletes, go through difficult tests with obstacles. Sometimes the programs ended with serious injuries of the participants, but the organizers did not refuse dangerous entertainment, because they interested the viewer more than others. Takeshi Castle was a recreational sports program where participants would occasionally fall into mud or water. Many modern Japanese shows continue this tradition, but in a more primitive format: the participants are simply doused with mud for laughter – literally.


    Candy or Not Candy?

    They say there are only two types of programs in Japan – food shows and star shows. It is not surprising that shows where media characters eat something on camera are considered hits. “Edible or inedible” is, at first glance, a program about crazy or fetishists. Participants take turns tasting things from doorknobs and hangers to wall calendars, potted flowers and small tables. But not everything is so simple.Among all these things, you need to find one that is made of chocolate. And the skill of the pastry chefs can only be applauded here, because it is impossible to distinguish edible from a real thing. Geniuses.


    Dero

    This is a team survival show. A prototype of laboratories with quests, only here you can really be crippled. The task of the participants is to go through three rooms. At the end – a cash prize. You need to correctly solve riddles and answer questions.Otherwise, a person will fall into a hole, mine or pool, cover him with sand, crush him with tiles, and so on. It all depends on the room the team has chosen.


    Tore!

    Video: TheGasMaskCreep / YouTube

    Another survival show – a more dangerous and scary version of the game Dero. The tests are compared here with the movie “Saw”. During the answers to the puzzles, the participants are mummified, the narrow platform above the abyss where they stand is reduced, or simply pushed out of the cornice by additional elements that appear.Accordingly, the more incorrect answers, the worse the participant’s position. Almost all competitions are held at a decent height, and below there is an abyss.


    AKBingo!

    In fact, this is a show by the artists of the popular Japanese group AKB48. Every week they invite guests to the studio, mostly girls, and compete with them: they play bouncer, stuff paper napkins into their noses, rummage through the trash. Those eliminated from the general competition compete with each other for the right to continue playing with a tube with dried cicada.The winner is the one that blows the insect into the opponent’s mouth.


    Gaki no Tsukai

    Analogue of the show “Make a Comedian Laugh”. The actors act out the scenes, five comedians watch them through the screens. The task is not to laugh, or you will get a stick on the buttocks or on the back.


    Sekai no Hate Made ItteQ!

    This is an unusual travel show. His main trick is to get into trouble. The Japanese travel the world and pay to try various dangerous entertainment: sit in a glass cube, next to which an American grizzly walks (and most often a bear attacks), lure a lizard with a piece of raw meat to escape from it, and stick their head in hive.


    Boiling Bath

    Japanese culture in some sense can be called childish – here they are more tolerant of physicality and physiology. Therefore, on many shows, girls are dressed in swimsuits, and men with naked torsos. The Japanese are not embarrassed by this. Only girls participate in the Boiling Bath. Their task is to crawl along the edge of the pool with boiling water and not fall.


    Flexibility Test

    This is a kind of twister for girls or a show for flexibility.At the feet of the girl sitting on the floor, iron devices are installed – levers, which with a circular handle check whether the girl can sit on a transverse twine. The presenter spins the drum, the number of revolutions drops out, by which you need to turn the device at the feet of the participants. The one that lasts longer than the others wins. Gymnasts are not accepted here.


    Guess the Wife

    This is a super popular show on local TV. The bottom line is simple: you need to find your wife in separate parts of the body. A screen with holes is installed in the room, against which the girls lean with their bare buttocks.The task of the participant is to guess by touch or with the help of a kiss which of them belongs to his wife. The rules sometimes change in the program, and the participants in the same way need to guess which of the pop is female and whose is male. There are 18+ options, where causal places can be exposed, by which you need to determine your life partner.

    Text: Katya Kukharenko

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    TV shows in Japan are one big weirdness.Guests of the programs, actors and presenters have fun in rather strange ways: they beat each other, put pantyhose on their heads and are not shy about anything at all. Do not try to understand their logic – you just need to enjoy these programs as one big theater of the absurd.

    Bright Side figured out what Japanese entertainment television consists of. It turned out that these guys know how to relax like no one else in the world. And at the end you will find a bonus – unusual Japanese cartoons for children.

    1.Merciless jokes on pretty girls

    AKBingo hostesses! – members of a popular idol group. Once a week, the girls receive guests, organize quizzes and mini-contests such as relay races. But Japanese TV wouldn’t be who it is if it ended there. Girls are made to suffer. Literally.

    Here’s a recipe for the perfect Japanese show: the heroines dig in the trash, eat cicadas, or (as in the picture above) stick paper tubes up their noses and try not to sneeze.

    2. Eat What You Hate

    The name of this show, Kuwazu girai, literally translates to “eat what you have never tried but already hate”. The hosts of the show invite celebrities to visit and feed them national dishes. The main goal is to determine which dish the guest will start to vomit from. Whoever guesses which food the guest star hates most wins. The grimaces of guests trying to swallow hated food are priceless.

    3.Laughing is punished here

    In reality TV Gaki no Tsukai 5 comedians try their best not to laugh – for this you can get a stick in the butt. While one of the team members is playing the sketch, the others sit in a secret room and try not to burst with laughter. If it does not work out, a team of masked people rushes in and begins to beat from the bottom of the heart the one who could not hold back a smile. The coolest participant in the show wins a cash prize.

    See for yourself what happens if a Japanese tries to pronounce the name of the American state of Massachusetts.Could you hold back a laugh?

    The participant of the show tries to control himself.

    4. Pulling pantyhose is a favorite pastime

    Have you already realized that the heroes of Japanese shows are often pretty girls who are bullied by the hosts? In the program, the girls put on tights on the face, and then pull them up. It turns out this is such a monster.

    In another version of the show, the participants play tug of tights. Two people put them on their heads and pull them in different directions.

    5. Travel must be dangerous

    This travel show could get lost among hundreds of others – who are you going to surprise with bright presenters or sights now? However, unlike our own program “Heads and Tails”, for example, the hosts of the show in each new country do not receive pocket money, but troubles.

    Heroine ItteQ! (this is the name of the program) tied a piece of meat to itself and ran away from Komodo monitor lizards, was a toy for a grizzly bear, and also galloped through the rainforest in a frog costume.

    6. A game in which it is almost impossible to reach the end

    The Takeshi Castle program is already a classic that has been copied in different countries. Show participants storm Takeshi Castle. Their path is blocked by severe trials: descent along the river on cups, rockfall, crossing through swamps and seas of mud. The players are beaten, tortured and strangled so that by the end of the program there are only a couple of participants.

    7. TV shows do not spare even children

    TV shows, where people are played in front of a hidden camera lens, are not uncommon for a long time.But Japanese TV is ahead of the rest: they laugh at foreigners, old people and children. Sometimes the jokes are pretty cruel.

    In this episode of People Watching, a little girl is made to believe that her beloved goldfish can talk. The fish asked the baby to eat vegetables, and she happily agreed.

    8. Senseless and merciless reality about a naked man

    Susunu! Denpa Shōnen is one of the most controversial reality TV shows ever.Nashubi, a stand-up comedian and actor, finds himself in an empty apartment in Korea. In addition, the man was completely naked and without money. The goal of the program participant is to make a living through the lotteries run by the magazines. Sometimes the guy went hungry, sometimes he ate dog food all day, which he managed to win.

    Nashubi didn’t know the show was being broadcast live, just like Jim Carrey’s character in The Truman Show. The young man spent a year in captivity, acquired furniture and appliances.

    9.The funniest grimace of horror competition

    In the Panic Face King show, the winner is the one who can make the funniest grimace. The fact that the contestants have no idea that they are participating in the game adds to the spice. Unsuspecting people are scared by dinosaurs, sniper attacks, or an elevator crash. Well, then everyone laughs in unison at those who almost turned gray with fear.

    10. Japanese Sleeping Beauty

    A group of girls and 2 guys take part in this game.The task of the participants is to wake up beautifully. And if it seems to men (one of whom, by the way, disguises as a woman) that the girl did not try well, a cake with cream will fly in her face.

    Bonus: children’s cartoons are also strange here

    Love for unusual humor is in the blood of little Japanese. Could you imagine that a cartoon character could be a cotobanan or a cat donut? Bananka is a tiny kitten that lives in a banana peel and dreams of taking a dip in chocolate someday.And Kotoponchik has a sadder story: this hero once woke up in a strange body and surrounded by post-apocalyptic landscapes. Kotoponchik goes in search of survivors, but meets only creatures like him: Kotopechenka, Kotoruletika and others.

    Did you like Japanese shows? Would you like to see such programs on our TV?

    90,000 “In Japan, laughter is always associated with violence” – Ogonyok No. 36 (5243) dated 09/10/2012

    A regular participant of the Venice Film Festival, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano presented his film “Lawlessness-2″, dedicated to the Japanese mafia.”Ogonyok” spoke to the director

    – In Venice, over the past two festivals, great changes have taken place, the artistic director has changed, the legendary hotel Les Bains has closed. The only good news is that you have not changed your attitude towards the festival and regularly participate in the competition program.

    – I have a special relationship with the Venice Festival, he is like an old good friend with whom you grow, live and grow old. I first came here in 1997 with my seventh film, Fireworks, for which I won the Golden Lion.This award, like the festival itself, brought me luck. It was from Venice that my recognition began both in Japan and throughout the world. Venice made the Japanese look at me as a serious director. Not immediately, gradually. At first, everyone condescended to my films, then, due to the increased attention of Europeans, they began to take an interest. My first “Mayhem” even broke the box office record.

    – In our last interview, you said that, unlike your Hollywood colleagues, you don’t like filming sequels.”Mayhem-2″ is your first experience in this field …

    – I started my career with films about organized crime. However, I am interested not only in the yakuza (Japanese mafia – “O” ), but also in the topic of corruption and violence, which is present not only in mafia circles, but also at the government level and among representatives of the law, if you remember my very first film , “Fierce Cop” (1989). In classic Hollywood, characters are often categorized as “good” and “bad.”There is no such division in my work. For example, one of my police characters in “Outrage-2” says: “A real policeman is considered one of his colleagues, and among the mafiosi.” Of course, you may ask why, after numerous art-house projects such as Dolls, Zatoichi, Banzai, Director! Firstly, I start to get bored if I have to work in the same style for a long time, be it art house or commercial projects.I’m looking for balance. Secondly, the return to old topics is due to the onset of maturity. This process can be compared to reading literature, when you want to re-read the same book several times, with a break of several years. Each time you open more and more new perspectives in it, and this is not due to the fact that the first time the book was read inattentively, but to the fact that over the years experience and wisdom come, which means that outlooks on life also change. The first “Mayhem” was the highest grossing film in my career.I can only explain this phenomenon by the fact that the Japanese do not like complex and thoughtful films, they need an entertaining and spectacular movie. Many years ago, this attitude caused me depression, but with age I became calmer and more tolerant of national cinema, maybe I even became closer to it, so I went on an experiment with episodes.

    – When films about the mafia are made in Europe and America, they often turn out to be romantic – remember, for example, “The Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola or “Once Upon a Time in America” ​​by Sergio Leone.There are heroes, love, melodic soundtracks. In “Outrage” you have numerous and faceless characters, cruelty without heroism and absolutely no music. Is that Japanese mafia?

    – No, this is my own idea of ​​the Japanese mafia. If you are familiar with Japanese films from the 1960s and 1970s, you will find everything listed there: dramatic music, passions and emotions, professional martial arts scenes. Minimalism reigns in “Outrage”. This is my style.But it is not associated with a special philosophical approach, rather, with the adaptation to the modern trends of our informative society. If earlier I preferred long and lengthy shots, today I edit scenes in a more practical and compact manner, I prefer quick cuts. Technology is changing the way we see the world, making it simpler and faster. They change people. We used to strive to become individuals, we were looking for ideals, today we are in pursuit of material wealth. Everyone is concerned about how the economy will develop, what will happen with the financial crisis, few people are interested in the development of literature or cinema.My heroes in the film are like puppets, they have no emotions and feelings. Therefore, I do not use music in the picture. Music evokes emotions, but my characters have no feelings. I prefer sound effects and drum rolls instead of music. I shot each scene of the film several times. At the same time, I encouraged the actors to choose their own manner of performing the role. I cut out many of the scenes later. My performers told me with resentment that I deleted exactly those scenes in which they emotionally laid out. That was the problem.I was not interested in emotions, I was looking for extremes: extreme violence, incredible cruelty and extreme stupidity. You will not see a single woman in my film: they would make my film romantic and emotional. There are also no children’s characters in it – they would bring liveliness and spontaneity into it. My heroes are faceless men, lonely and lost, cruel and insensitive, that is, the very ones who are in power and rule our society.

    – Your love for extremes reaches the point of absurdity.Sarcasm and absurdity are better known to me for your work as a comedian. By the way, is your image of Bit Takeshi still alive, do you still work in television?

    – Everything remained unchanged there. For example, after the premiere of my film in Venice, the next day, I go back to Japan, where from the airport I go straight to the studio with my things to prepare my next TV show. As for my movie heroes, you are right (opens a notebook and begins to write something there. – “O” ), I did not think about it.In Japan, laughter is always combined with violence. When the viewer laughs, it means that someone was unlucky, someone was hurt, or they got into a stupid situation. There is some kind of sadism in this. We grew up in Japan on sadism. First, schoolchildren are punished to teach obedience, then at work we are forced to be like everyone else, even in personal relationships we prefer to hold our tongue than to openly express our opinion. When I started acting on television, popularity came to me precisely because I publicly humiliated myself on stage.

    – In “Lawlessness” your heroes are also often pursued by humiliation, however, they always avenge themselves. The drama goes so far that someone bites off their finger or drills a neighbor’s head. By the way, how do you feel about revenge?

    – My characters are brought to the point of absurdity. Although many of these characters could exist in real life. Other structures underlie Asian society. Real capitalism reigns in Japan with its extremes – competition and struggle for survival.In your Europe, capitalism is only played, and the problems of survival for Europeans – in the presence of a social system – are not even worth it. I believe that only people who are not very intelligent have a craving for revenge. A thinking person will not waste time on this. You are probably familiar with the martial art? There, one fighter defeats another with the help of the negative energy of his opponent, which he processes into positive energy for himself. This energy gives him strength and promotes concentration. When I started to appear on television as a comedian, I publicly had to endure beatings, but I did not get angry or tormented by powerlessness.Then I told myself that I can find compensation for negative energy by channeling it into a productive channel. And I started to work a lot in films, making one film after another. They laughed at me on television shows, and gradually became famous in the cinema.

    – If I ask you to compare “Lawlessness-1” and “Lawlessness-2”, what is the difference between these pictures?

    – In the first film I show my masculine immaturity (smiles) . You know when men want to drive big cars, use weapons and waste money.With each passing year, I seem to be getting older, and more complex emotions start to interest me. In the second “Lawlessness” I have – and this is the first time in my career – a lot of dialogues, and in them the content is not so much important as the intonation and general cultural tendencies. Some of my characters communicate with each other in the dialect of the western provinces, the language of my hero is more traditional for Tokyo and the eastern regions, but such subtleties can, of course, be traced if you watch the film in the original.

    – What are your expectations for the distribution of your film in Japan?

    – Film is a genre where I give free rein to my most ridiculous fantasies, and I do not care about the consequences.In one of my works, “Banzai, Director!”, There was an episode in which two Japanese researchers saw a comet in the monitor. This scene is followed by a comment: “If a meteorite was found in Hollywood, a hero would have already been planted on it, who would have conquered the world. But the Japanese carefully peered into the stone and saw two female faces …” So, if you think about this comment, it will become obvious to you that the reaction of my compatriots is impossible to predict. I can give you predictions, but the situation will turn out completely differently.I prefer not to complicate my life, listening to the opinions of others, it is changeable and will not affect my life path.

    – The names of Japanese directors known in the West can be counted on one hand. How does the modern Japanese film industry live?

    – She is interested in money and entertainment. As for Japanese cinema, the last serious director was Akira Kurosawa. He was a great master, but he treated actors like slaves. Perhaps real art requires sacrifice.My role? It is rather symbolic. In Japan, I’m not a director, I’m a comedian. And recently, in one of the reality shows, I was even chosen as the next prime minister.

    Interviewed by Tatiana Rosenstein, Venice

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    Takeshi Kitano was born in 1947 in Tokyo. Without completing his studies at Meiji University, he left home. He worked as a waiter, salesman, laborer, loader, taxi driver. In 1972 he got a job as an elevator operator in a strip bar, where he later became a comedian and began performing under the pseudonym Sekakuya Jiro, in 1980 he began producing the television program “Manzai-boom”.In 1989, Kitano was invited to star in Kinji Fukasaku’s “Fierce Cop”, and then, due to unexpected circumstances, as the director of this film. This is how his film debut took place. Overseas audiences noticed Kitano after the release of Sonatina (1993) and Fireworks (1997). The Yakuza and the police are Kitano’s “favorite” heroes. The film “Lawlessness” (2010) is a classic story about the struggle of the yakuza clans for power. An experienced yakuza Otomo is drawn into the boss’s dirty game, but at the same time he watches everything that happens: the yakuza world is changing, tattoos, severed fingers, codes of honor are no longer in vogue – money is everything.The second “Lawlessness” is distinguished by even greater rigidity and depersonalization of the heroes, turning the action movie into a tragedy of the absurd.

    90,000 Japanese shows – a selection of the most unusual on PEOPLETALK

    AKBingo!

    A TV show in Japan is, to be honest, something inexplicable: the heroes of the programs are beaten (literally) for laughing, forced to eat cockroaches or bathe in boiling water. But on YouTube, tens of thousands of people follow such shows! Collected the wildest “performances”.


    AKBingo!

    A show in which the female members of the popular Japanese group AKB48 are forced to suffer in order to … amuse the audience. They jump into trash cans, eat cicadas (these are insects, but we don’t recommend Google), or try not to laugh with paper tubes in their noses.


    Kuwazu Girai

    Literally the name of the program translates as “Eat what you have never tried, but you already hate it”: Japanese stars come to the show and try the national cuisine, and the audience must guess which of the dishes the heroes didn’t like the most.

    Kuwazugirai-Ou [eng subs]

    The TV program “Kuwazugirai-Ou” is a show where guests eat different food, which includes their least favorite. So each guest tries to figure out what the other hate. The MC are a Japanese comedy duo, “Tonneruzu Tunnels”. They like nasty jokes to entertain their guests. Anyway, let’s enjoy! 🙂cr. http://jangkeunsukforever.com/archives/9096-Rossi

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    Gaki no Tsukai

    The Japanese don’t laugh! Especially on this show.The heroes of the program are five comedians who must remain indifferent while one of the team members acts out a scene or sketch in front of them. And if you laugh, you will get from a group of specially trained “punchers” with a stick on the priest.


    ItteQ!

    This is not your typical travel show. His main trick is getting into trouble! The heroes, by the way, pay for participation in the program in order, for example, to dip their heads in a hive, go into a cage to a bear, or arrange a race with monitor lizards (predatory lizards).


    Takeshi’s Castle

    Taeksi Castle is one of the most popular Japanese shows! Participants in the program must go through a test strip (among the tasks, descending the river in huge cups, crossing a swamp or mud) in order to reach the final. Not everyone succeeds.


    Susunu! Denpa Shōnen

    The comedian and actor Nashubi was placed in an empty apartment in Korea, leaving him without clothes (no clothes at all) and money. The participant’s goal is to earn a living and survive, for which he ate dog food and starved all day.The creators of the program claim that Nashubi did not know that the reality was broadcast live! As a result, he spent a year in this mode.


    “Guess the wife”

    Three participants must undress and place their butts in a special cardboard wall with a cutout, and the husbands of the heroines on the other side must guess under which of the numbers (they are indicated on the wall above each of the participants) their beloved.


    Sing What Happens

    Another show rated “18 +”.Opponents (always male) should sing in karaoke while models are pleasing them with their hands. The winner is the one who can finish the song with the most adequate facial expression!


    Ultraman Dash

    In Japan, “subject cooking” is developed, when desserts are created in the form of ordinary household items and they do it in such a way that sometimes they cannot be distinguished from the inedible original. The essence of the Ultraman Dash show is to guess whether the food is in front of you or not. And in order to do this, the participants, of course, have to taste the item! Shoes, doorknobs, and houseplants are also common.


    Slap Your Balls

    Literal translation – “Bruised on the testicles.” The name also contains the essence: the participants have to read the tongue twisters that appear on the screen, and for each hesitation they receive a “dignity” with a special device resembling a fly swatter.

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    90,000 The strangest Japanese shows – and laughter and sin in the land of the Rising Sun

    Japan is one of the most mysterious and peculiar countries of our planet.The original culture of the Japanese developed apart from the European or Asian powers, by itself.

    The strangest Japanese shows – both laughter and sin in the land of the Rising Sun

    Japan is one of the most mysterious and peculiar countries of our planet. The original culture of the Japanese developed apart from the European or Asian powers, by itself. The closed and very proud country of the Rising Sun until 1854 kept its borders shut from foreign guests.

    Much has changed in Japan today.Now it is one of the most developed and progressive powers on Earth. But the originality of Japanese culture has not gone anywhere. She simply assimilated with progress, without losing her unusual and amazing qualities. Europeans still cannot get used to the culture of the islands, finding some of the customs and traditions of the Japanese incredibly strange and inaccessible to understanding. Take, for example, Japanese TV shows: the devil will break his leg, trying to understand the meaning of amazing stories and scenarios. Game2Day has tried to sort out the weirdest Japanese shows.

    Show with sexual overtones

    The Japanese are very modest people, but as the Russian proverb says: “there are devils in a still pool.” Such devils are found in the Japanese whirlpools that even the most unflappable person will be dumbfounded by what is happening. What is the show “Sweet Kiss” worth. It would seem such an innocent name, right? Until the viewer understands that the participants in the show will be kissing other people’s fifths. Moreover, it is not known whose – male or female. Everything except them is hidden from the participants by the decoration and when choosing, you have to rely only on attention and luck.Moreover, the “models” for the show are selected as similar to each other as possible …

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    Another show with a slight hint of eroticism is called “Do not swallow”. Before thinking about the bad, you should get acquainted with a simple plot. The female participants take milk into their mouths and sit on their knees to the man. And he, in turn, tickles his chosen one with all his might. The goal of the competition is not to swallow or spit milk out, enduring the tickling torture for as long as possible. Weird? Marvelous? Funny? Wait, everything is just beginning.

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    What will they say on a decent federal channel if a person loses his pants on the air? Naturally, there will be a scandal. But in the Japanese show, Put Your Pants On, it’s the other way around. Two girls participate in the competition: one pulls off wide sweatpants from the other, leaving the participant in short shorts. The task of the second girl is to put the pants back on, but without using her hands. Why? Because with her hands she must cover the artificial breasts attached to the T-shirt. Fun, perky and completely illogical, however, as in most entertainment programs on Japanese television.

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    The strangest shows

    In the Freak Show category, the Japanese have so many participants that they had to select the most shocking and unpredictable ones. And you can start with an alternative to the Russian TV program Pelsh – “Razigrysh”. Only now the level of jokes and “divorces” in Japan is completely different. For example, smiling people invite an unsuspecting participant into a meeting room with colleagues. But the victim ends up in a room seized by terrorists, who methodically begin to shoot the hostages with a sniper rifle.It doesn’t look like a harmless setup from Pelsh or Ashton Kutcher.

    Next is the program “Lollipop or not lollipop? “. Its plot is simple to disgrace: the invited stars of Japanese show business taste candy, exactly like a variety of household items. And sometimes lollipops are these objects. In such a simple way, the producers of the show forced celebrities to eat hangers, doorknobs, shoes and flowers.

    Well, tops the list of the strangest TV shows in Japan – “Cockroach duel”.The video from the competition scored over a million views on YouTube per day. It involves two girls, a glass tube and a deceased cockroach, for which the participants are going to arrange a dignified funeral … in each other’s mouths. That is, in fact, the whole purpose of the competition. But what is the motivation to win, isn’t it? The faint of heart is better off not looking.

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    Sports Shows

    From a sports show in Japanese broadcasts, only the name. But they require a certain amount of physical training, and in some places – superhuman talents.You don’t have to go far for examples – the name of the show “Lunch in the Washing Machine” speaks for itself. The participant is placed inside a household appliance, traditional noodles with chopsticks are handed over, and the centrifuge is started. The challenge is to eat as much as possible. One thing pleases: the food is definitely germ-free, well-disinfected.

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    The next competition is much more brutal: in it a participating girl needs to get over a pool of boiling water. Based on the conditions, we can make a firm conclusion: there were no winners in this show until the boiling water was replaced with plain hot water, which is still not very pleasant.

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    The last competition for today seems completely harmless: the participants just need to eat the gummy hanging in front of them on a string. We can say that any toastmaster has such an entertaining reception in the arsenal, but the Japanese have managed to excel here too. The participants have their faces tied with a rope, which makes the show much funnier (by Japanese standards). The task becomes much more complicated, since the length of the rope is not designed for the distance that separates the participant and the cherished sweets.You have to pretend to be Jim Carrey, trying to get the best of both the rope and your own face and the ridicule of the audience.

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