Season 1 of the game show was the big winner at the recent 49th Rose d'Or Festival, one of Europe's most prestigious TV honors, taking the prize as 'Best of 2009', as well as the Rose Trophy for best reality show. The series also received a DGA nomination for Best Reality Competition Show. Returning will be the witty game show host Rome Kanda, who leads the contestants through all of the zany challenges; Mama-San, a house mother and resident pot stirrer; and Judge Bob, the rarely dynamic but always entertaining referee of the games.
This unscripted reality/game show takes an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at 10 Americans who are whisked away to Japan and compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. The crazy games/challenges include; eating food attached to the head of a teammate running on a fast-moving treadmill, contestants flinging themselves off of a trampoline onto a Velcro wall and smashing over-sized eggs using only their butts while wearing chicken suits. The results - which are hilarious - and prizing are based on who best adapts to the Japanese culture and challenges in the zaniness of each episode.
Kent Weed, Steve Hirsen