Deadball (2011)

Discussion in 'Asian Extreme Cinema discussion' started by Harmcore, Feb 15, 2011.

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    [As the following is the first detailed information on Deadball, I'm hereby creating a dedicated thread for that movie, rather than continuing to post about it on the thread for Yakuza Weapon.]

    Yûdai Yamaguchi's "splatter comedy" Deadball - a.k.a. "Dead Ball" - is the seventh movie produced by Nikkatsu Corporation (Nikkatsu K.K.) under the company's Sushi Typhoon label. The screenplay for it apparently was (co-)written by Keita Tokaji. Its cast apparently includes Tak Sakaguchi (Sakaguchi Taku), Kai Atô, Bobby (second listing), Jun'ichi Gamô, Akio Iwahara (PDF file), Takatsugu Iwama (first listing), Kazuto Nakamura, Suwaru Ryû, Takashi Sugiuchi, Ryô Takano, Hajime Taniguchi, Jun Tsuchiuchi, Mari Hoshino, and the four-member female group DizzyBusy - comprised of TOMOchan, eRina, Lina, and YU-KO. Yoshihiro Nishimura and his Nishimura Eizo Co. Ltd. (Y.K. Nishimura Eizô) presumably were responsible for its special make-up effects. Similarly, Tsuyoshi Kazuno and his Studio Buckhorn Y.K. (Y.K. Sutajio Bakkuhôn) presumably were responsible for its visual effects.

    As I noted back on July 17th of last year, according to Sushi Typhoon, Deadball "has dead things. And sports" - specifically, baseball.

    Interestingly, Nikkatsu/Sushi Typhoon producer Yoshinori Chiba was an executive producer of Yamaguchi's Battlefield Baseball (Jigoku Kôshien); his and Kumi Kobata's Media Suits Inc. (K.K. Media Sûtsu) was one of the companies that produced it. Media Suits was merged with and into Nikkatsu on February 1, 2007.

    News source: GOMORRAHY.com: Trailer Park subsite
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    Deadball - or, at least, the Japanese theatrical version of it - has a running time of 99 minutes. Eirin (Eiga Rinri Iinkai / Film Classification and Rating Committee) has given it an R15+ rating.

    Apparently, Sakaguchi plays a high school student named "Jûbei" in Deadball, just as he played a high school student named "Jûbei" in Battlefield Baseball. Also, like Jûbei in Battlefield Baseball, Jûbei in Deadball is a literally deadly baseball player...

    News source: The Gomorrahizer (source of Yûdai Yamaguchi-related news for over half a decade!)
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    A teaser trailer for Deadball has been added to YouTube.

    Here's a description of Deadball from Nikkatsu: "When he was a child, baseball prodigy Jubei Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) accidentally caused the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch. Having sworn off the game for life because of the incident, Jubei is now 17 and the most cold-blooded juvenile delinquent in Japan. Sent to a reformatory for a killing spree, Jubei learns that his estranged brother had died there earlier from a mysterious illness. In order to fulfill his brother's last wishes, Jubei reluctantly joins the prison baseball team when they take on the Black Dahlias, a sexy squad of killer high school girls who are determined to slaughter every last man on Jubei's team! But the prison officials have plans of their own for Jubei, including an alliance with a squadron of uniformed Nazi officers! Suddenly, Jubei finds himself not only fighting to win the game, but also to save his own life!"

    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

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    Yakuza Weapon English-subtitled trailer (streaming Windows Media Video)

    Karate-Robo Zaborgar English-subtitled teaser trailer (streaming Windows Media Video)

    YouTube: Sushi Typhoon promo reel
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    GRAB YOUR BAT, IT'S TIME TO PLAY BALL!

    Above is a poster for Deadball; linked to below is a much larger (1738 x 2456) version of it.

    According to said poster, the screenplay for Deadball was written by Keita Tokaji and Yûdai Yamaguchi (Yamaguchi is credited with the "adaptation"). The movie stars Tak Sakaguchi (Sakaguchi Taku), Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Takamasa Suga, Jyonmyon Pe (Pe Jonmyon), Miho Harita, Mickey Curtis (Mikkî Kâchisu), Kôichi Yamadera, and Ryôsei Tayama. It was produced by Yoshinori Chiba of Nikkatsu Corporation (Nikkatsu K.K.) and Shin Torisawa of Pipeline K.K. (K.K. Paipurain). Yoshihiro Nishimura of Nishimura Eizo Co. Ltd. (Y.K. Nishimura Eizô) and Tomo Hyakutake of Hyakutake Studio K.K. (K.K. Hyakutake Sutajio) were responsible for its special make-up effects. Tsuyoshi Kazuno of Studio Buckhorn Y.K. (Y.K. Sutajio Bakkuhôn) was responsible for its visual effects. Yûji Shimomura of U'den Flame Works Co. Inc. (Y.K. Yûden Furêmu Wâkusu) was the action director for it.

    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

    Deadball poster (1738 x 2456 JPEG)

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    YouTube: Yakuza Weapon English-subtitled trailer

    YouTube: Karate-Robo Zaborgar English-subtitled teaser trailer

    YouTube: Sushi Typhoon promo reel

    Poster source: GOMORRAHY.com: Trailer Park subsite (an "NSFW ghetto", and unabashedly so!)
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    Distribution rights for Deadball are to be offered for sale by Nikkatsu at this year's Marché du Film in Cannes; the movie is scheduled to be screened at the Gray 2 on May 14th at 9:30 a.m. (09:30) and May 16th at 1:30 p.m. (13:30).

    Here's a new description of Deadball from Nikkatsu: "Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch, Jubeh swore off baseball and became a criminal and now, at 17, has been sent to the Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory for hardened criminals. Headmistress Ishihara, the granddaughter of a World War II Nazi collaborator, runs the institution with an iron fist and the enthusiastic help of her sadistic assistant, Ilsa. After arriving at the hellhole, Jubeh soon learns from governor Mifune that his long-lost, younger brother Musashi had also done time there after a murder spree, but had since died mysteriously. ¶ Despite having sworn never to play baseball again, Jubeh is presented with an ultimatum by governor Mifune: join the reformatory team, The Gauntlets, in the national tournament for juvenile inmates, or witness the death of his innocent cellmate Four Eyes (Mari Hoshino). With the knowledge that the death of his brother is somehow connected to the team, Jubeh agrees, and Gauntlet training begins. Their first opponents: the sexy but deadly 'psycho butcher girls' of the St. Black Dahlia High School, a team of literal man-killers. And so the splatterific baseball tournament begins, but Jubeh soon learns that he is not only fighting to win the game, but also to save his own life! ¶ A hilariously offensive, politically incorrect sports splatter comedy, DEADBALL is director Yudai Yamaguchi's follow-up to his earlier zombie baseball classic BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL, and once again features action star Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, BE A MAN! SAMURAI SCHOOL). A riotous, over-the-top epic of excess, DEADBALL is the movie for the psycho sports fan in all of us, and more fun than a prison cavity search!"

    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

    GOMORRAHY.com: Deadball (w/ 2 sets of enormous stills)

    News source: Gaijinsploitation.com
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    Deadball (Deddobôru) is set to have its world première at this year's Fantasia Festival in Montréal, which runs from July 14th to August 7th. It's scheduled to have its Asian première at this year's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) on July 19th, and to subsequently be screened there on July 20th.

    BTW, if you haven't already done so, be sure to watch the Sushi Typhoon Festival trailer, which includes footage from Deadball.

    YouTube: Sushi Typhoon Festival trailer (w/ Deadball footage)

    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

    GOMORRAHY.com: Deadball (w/ 2 sets of enormous stills)

    PiFan: Deadball
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    Linked to below is the Fangoria review of Yakuza Weapon and Deadball.

    BTW, in Deadball, the four members of DizzyBusy - as previously noted, TOMOchan, eRina, Lina, and YU-KO - play members of the aforementioned "St. Black Dahlia High School" baseball team. Other members of that team apparently are played by EMIJAY, erico, MIT$UKI, and nanami.

    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

    GOMORRAHY.com: Deadball (w/ 2 sets of enormous stills)

    YouTube: Sushi Typhoon Festival trailer (w/ Yakuza Weapon & Deadball footage)

    Fangoria: Yakuza Weapon & Deadball review

    News source: Gaijinsploitation.com
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    The Asahi Shimbun - English Web Edition:
    "U.S. filmgoers to get taste of Sushi Typhoon B movies" (August 13, 2011)
    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108120273.html
    YouTube: Deadball teaser trailer

    YouTube: Sushi Typhoon Festival trailer (w/ Deadball footage)

    GOMORRAHY.com: Deadball (w/ 2 sets of enormous stills)
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    The Hollywood Reporter:
    Deadball review
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/deadball-film-review-227785

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