Is this the weirdest TV show ever? (Yes, it's Japanese)

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  1. MickeS

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    http://www3.tky.3web.ne.jp/~edjacob/nasubi.html
    Nippon Television's (NTV) producers have obviously never heard of the Geneva Convention. If they had, they wouldn't have treated poor Nasubi the way they did. They wouldn't have stripped him naked and shut him in an apartment, alone with no food, furniture, household goods, or entertainment. They wouldn't have kept him there for over a year until he had won $10 000 in prizes by sending in postcards to contests. They wouldn't have cut him off from the world and they would have told him that he was on nation-wide TV.
    I couldn't believe it was true, but apparently it is. Some more links:
    http://www.tokyoclassified.com/bigin...injapaninc.htm
    http://www.asahi.com/english/weekend...031000083.html
    Those Japanese people are weird... but who knows, it might come here too.
    /Mike
     
  2. BrianShort

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    Oh my God that is so messed up! I can't imagine that would be legal here... but I'll admit it would be morbidly facinating to watch (I don't think entertaining would be a good word). I'm surprised that guy didnt go totally nuts?

    Brian
     
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    I would think it would be legal here, as long as the person isn't kept there aginst his/her will. But it's a pretty fucked up idea to begin with. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  4. Ross Williams

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    I can't believe how cruel that is. So did he know he was on tv or what? One article said he didn't, in another it sounded like he did. Did he want to continue to do it?

    I'm completely confused.
     
  5. Shayne Lebrun

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    Yup, it's a good thing that we'd never think of, say, locking somebody into a chamber and freezing them, or burning them, but torturing them, in either event, while asking triva questions.

    Oh... yeah.

    Well, at least we'd never take a bunch of people and strand them on a desert island, and not even let them mail away for food.

    Oh, wait.

    Well, at least we'd never take happy couples, and pay a bunch of REALLY REALLY sexy single people a lot of money to try to break up the couples, while filming it.

    Hmmm...

    Well, we CERTAINLY wouldn't have an entire series about spectacular car crashes and the like. I mean, who wants to see people getting horribly horribly injured?

    But....

    Well, we would NEVER EVER EVER take people who have had their 15 minutes of fame, give them a few hours of boxing lessons, and have them fight on national TV for cheap laughs, right?

    Damn....

    Yup, those foreigners sure do have some wierd ideas about entertainment.
     
  6. MickeS

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    Shayne, [​IMG]
    You have a point, and things often seem a lot worse in print than in real life, but still... this went on for a YEAR, the guy was completely naked, and... well, there are numerous differences between this and the other shows you mention. Still, those other shows (save for "Survivor", which IMO is totally different from the others) aren't exactly great TV either. "Temptation island" is horrible. I'm sure it was a japanese invention! [​IMG]
    This is thhow it ended:
    Finally, he was given back his clothes, and for the first time in a year, he knew what it was like to wear clothes other than women's underwear. They gave him a bowl of ramen, and let him out on the street. They also took him to an amusement park and to Korea to eat his favourite food, Korean barbecue. After his 'rest' was over, he found himself back in a room, all alone again, but this time in Korea, a country whose language he could neither speak nor write! This time however, his goal was to earn his airfare home. It was about $400 US.
    He won the required money by getting a TV, expensive food and other prizes relatively quickly, so the staff made his challenge more and more difficult (without telling him) and decided that he would have to get a business class and then a first class ticket. Nasubi began to become suspicious that Nasubi must have achieved his goal so the producer paid him another visit. He was finally flown back to Japan.
    This time, they took him into a Television studio, and led him in a box that he thought was a room. Out of habit, he took off his clothes and waited. Suddenly, the walls of the 'room' fell down and the 'ceiling' was raised. He found himself naked in front of a thousand cheering fans and the hosts of Denpa Shonen came out and explained everything that had been happening over the last year and three months to him.
    He was told that his diary had become a number one best seller grossing hundreds of thousands of yen, that when he ate the bowl of Ramen at the end of his ordeal in Japan the footage had been used in an immensely popular TV commercial, and that he his web site had grossed huge amounts of money.

    /Mike
     
  7. Morgan Jolley

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    I think the idea is pretty damn cool. As long as its voluntary.
     
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    hold up, so how the hell did this guy survive for a year with no food. I don't get it. Wouldn't he just starve to death after a while?
     
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    How was it voluntary if he didn't know it was being filmed?
     
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    I still don't get it. Ok, so this guy had to win things from mail in contests right? Are these real, legit mail-in contests or just ways for the show to sneak him food? I mean what are the odds of one guy continually winning stuff from mail in sweepstakes? And you mean to tell me this guy survived for a year on just a bag of rice? Did the house have plumbing so he could at least drink a shitload of water or something? This is one of the weirdest things I've heard about since Howard Stern had that midget porn star on his show.
     
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    Actually, this contest isn't weird. It's pretty normal. There's another case, where a girl is stuck in a cubicle room for a whole year. She has to make bet on baseball and to choose the correct team that would win. If she wins, she gets to keep her electricity and get food. If she loses, she loses both electricity and food until the next event. So naturally, she has to be very good at choosing the correct teams.

    Japan has a lot of those "spontaneous" variety shows, and contests where people are "kidnapped" or are filmed and they don't know it. It's pretty normal TV variety show over there. Quite funny and entertaining to watch. Because you tend to root for them.

    And Americans make a fuss when something like "The Truman Show" or "EdTV" or any of the reality show is aired. I'm like, oh, finally America gets on the "reality-show" bandwagon. Many countries have been doing it.
     
  16. MickeS

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    I read about another Japanese baseball challenge thing... it was two men, each in his own tent, and they represented two teams. When the team representing man A won, he got food, when the other team won, the other guy got food.

    Unfortunately, one guy's team kept losing, so after 14 days they had to shut down because the one guy was starving.

    Even if it's normal, I'd say it's rather weird.

    /Mike
     
  17. Mark_Wilson

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    Any of these shows on DVD in Japan?
     
  18. Kong Chang

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    No, they are variety shows, and they can only be viewed if you got it on tape. If you have a local Japanese rental video store, they should have these under the 'variety' show sections.

    Pretty funny stuff. I've seen how they torture people (not real torture torture, just more like hazing torture) and they know they are being tortured, but there is a camera, and everyone in Japan loves their small time fame.
     
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    For those of you into straaaange Japanese television, right click the link at the bottom for 'Tokyo Breakfast' (the pilot episode which I'm assuming went nowhere fast).
    Warning! It has some very harsh language.
    Right-click to download Tokyo Breakfast!
    13Mb file '.asx format'
     
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