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DEADBALL [Blu-ray]

Kai Ato , Mikki Kachisu    Blu-ray
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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 fireball pitch, Jubeh swore off baseball, but his life of crime leaves him in the Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory, at the mercy of Headmistress Ishihara, the granddaughter of a World War II Nazi collaborator, and her sadistic assistant, Ilsa. Despite having sworn never to play baseball again, Jubeh is presented with an ultimatum: join the reformatory team, The Gauntlets, in the national tournament, or witness the death of his innocent cellmate. Jubeh is now in a fight for his life against the sexy but deadly "psycho butcher girls" of the St. Black Dahlia High School. These teams are literally playing for blood! 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!


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3.0 out of 5 stars basic sushi typhoon July 14 2013
By Sorpse
Format:Blu-ray
same old sushi typhoon. All out brainless craziness. As usual it does not fail at being anything more than entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIVE TO DIE Dec 19 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Jubeh (Tak Sakaguchi) has a killer fastball...literally. He has some strange abilities such as being able to kill people with a blazing fastball and being able to pull a lit cigarette from out of the air that is off camera. He uses his talents to kill members of the Japanese mafia and chain smoke. He goes to prison for his vigilante crimes and is forced by his neo-Nazi warden to play baseball for the prison team against the St. Black Dahlia High School girl's team is what amounts to a set up we haven't seen since the likes of "Rollerball."

The film is campy funny. It has Troma style blood squirts as well as some dark comedy. It is a silly Japanese grindhouse with subscripts. Clearly a film not for everyone.

Parental Guide: F-bomb (written in English subscript). No sex. Male rear nudity. Worst cavity search scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cornball humor with your blood and guts, this will get it done! April 26 2013
By Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Dead Ball is a madcap comedy with a goofy eye for humor. Bathroom jokes, midget jokes, bad jokes, awful jokes, honestly fun jokes, you have to take the good with the bad with this one. CGI gore mixed with real gore gags, this baseball game of destruction is highly enjoyable if you're its target audience.

Regular Joes: 3/5
Japanese cinema fans/5/5
Don't like Spoofy Comedies: 3/5

The Comedy is make or break. If you don't like juvenile, stupid humor, then avoid. But the gore is good, and the movie is fun. End of story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another splatterfest from Yudai Yamaguchi! April 16 2013
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Director Yudai Yamaguchi definitely knows what fans of splatter (like me) want to see on-screen. Blood geysers, decapitations, amputations...Yamaguchi knows how to deliver. DEADBALL is the famed director's most recent release, and it is a perfect addition to his canon of work. Although the film doesn't showcase much of anything new, it is vastly entertaining and certainly worth checking out.

I've been a fan of Yamaguchi's work for a while now, ever since I reviewed his film YAKUZA WEAPON a while back (unfortunately, the review is no longer available on my site since it crashed in December of last year). The director's over-the-top style combined with a panache for gore gives audiences a jolt of hyper-violence they will not soon forget. And his films are simply so much fun to watch.

DEADBALL is shot well and the acting is pretty good overall. I especially enjoy seeing Tak Sakaguchi onscreen; he is an exceptional talent and I always like to see what he does next. In this performance, his role as the sullen Jubeh, who always seems to find a cigarette in every seen, is exceptional. He personifies the bad-but-misunderstood hero.

What truly stands out for me in this film is, as expected, the gore. Director Yamaguchi goes above and beyond when it comes to special effects, and he showcases that talent in this film. DEADBALL contains some truly excellent gore and, as per his stye, it is presented in all of its zany, beyond-tasteless glory.

Although the premise might seem a bit far-fetched, you should never go into a Yamaguchi film with a serious mindset. If you do, you're bound for disappointment. But if you go into these movies with the right frame of mind, then you're in for a real treat. I recommend giving DEADBALL a look...just make sure you don't eat while you're watching it. Doing so might cause you to lose your lunch.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still like the original better. April 13 2013
By Hydra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This one was wow I really cant understand where they come up with the sheer craziness of this one. It takes the original and adds crazy by 100. But I think it goes tooo far sometimes with some of the stuff. The original had charm, this one seems more shallow and lets be really crazy/wierd just to be weird. Still its a really cool movie just for Tak and his badassedness in most anything he plays in. So if youre a fan of the original Id recommend it, theres even a few nods to it in this which I enjoyed. This was a riot to watch with friends so Id recommend that setting watching these types of movies anyway.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Splatter, Not Quite Comedy, Not Quite DEAD April 9 2013
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Comedy is the most difficult film to cross international waters. This isn't because different folks require different laughs; rather, it's because effective comedy - what makes the jokes work - requires an intrinsic understanding of that people's culture and/or societal norms. Comedy - in its primal form - pokes fun at those standards, so in order to understand the anticipated punchline one must understand the culture at some basic level. In other words, let's assume Japanese people hate clowns but Americans don't; all of the jokes pointed at a society's fear are likely to pass over the heads of an American audience unless they're constructed broadly enough that any person - an everyman - can make perfect sense of it. Usually, that isn't the case. Usually, humor is closely aligned with one's particular civilization, leaving many bits and pieces of a film like DEAD BALL sadly lost in translation.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Poor little Jubeh. Jubeh Yakyu (played by Tak Sakaguchi) was just a boy with boyhood dreams of playing professional baseball, the great American pastime. However, turning your father's brain to jelly with a fastball he couldn't control put poor little Jubeh on a much different course. Swearing never to pitch again, he abandons caring for his younger brother Musashi and enters a life of crime, one which eventually leads him to Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory. There, Headmistress Ishihara gives him an ultimatum: either play ball again, or she'll murder his cellmate in cold blood.

As is often the case with splatter movies, don't go into this one expecting it to make much sense, much less perfect sense. It doesn't.

Actually, DEAD BALL rolls ever onward, and the more it rolls the more wheels come off its wagon. There's a story here as demonstrated by the synopsis above, but the narrative wanders around so much one might suspect they were shooting and somebody lost the script. The first hour - while the picture maintains a loopy, goofy, mainstream comic quality - is quite entertaining in much the same way a Mel Brooks film or a Zucker Brothers comedy can be. However, the second hour succumbs to splatterific nonsense, wherein the audience learns (out of nowhere) that our heroes (and I use that word lightly) find themselves trapped in the midst of a kill-or-be-killed baseball event, much of which defies any measure of logic. To make matters worse, the final fifteen minutes the film actually tries to throw audiences yet another curve ball (get it?) when somehow someway it becomes a bit of an all-out farce. Suddenly, our heroes are apparently gifted with time travel skills and the ability to rise from the dead - if only for a few scenes - in order to underscore just how far off the rails this train has run.

To his credit, adaptor/director Yudai Yamaguchi revels in his own excesses, never dialing back the craziness; but, to his detriment, he's delivered a wildly uneven picture. Some of the material - such as Ishihara's affiliation with the Nazi Party and Jubeh's curious ability to pluck a cigarette out of the air any time he feels like it - are broad enough that they work fine all on their own ... but the rest? It teeters on `absurdism' consistently, possibly even when it isn't supposed to. Is it legitimate splatter? The first hour would imply not as it's mostly conventional laughs, albeit in a Three Stooges kinda/sorta way. The second half is when true splatter begins, but, at that point, methinks splatter fans may've turned it off by now due to the lack of bloodspray in the first half. For the record, the traditional comedy was the way to go with this mess; it appeared as if everyone was having a grand old time ... and then a splatter film broke out.

Kudos to all involved, though, for embracing the zaniness inherent in telling this story. I'm just disappointed it didn't add up to more sense.

DEAD BALL (aka DEADBALL) is produced by Nikkatsu (as Sushi Typhoon) and Pipeline. DVD distribution is being handled through Well Go USA. For those needing it spelled out perfectly, this is a Japanese spoken language film with English subtitles available (no English dubbing). As for the technical specifications, it all looks and sounds very solid, though be prepared at some laughable special effects (I'm certain that's by design). There's a handful of special features, including a spinoff short, a making-of compilation, cast interviews, and trailers for additional titles available from Sushi Typhoon.

MODESTLY RECOMMENDED, mostly for fans of the unique art form. You like splatter? You may like half of DEAD BALL ... the second half, that is. While the first half has a handful of splatter moments, it's more of a traditional comedy that works quite well on its own. The second half will be more to your liking. There are all kinds of bloody deaths in the most bizarre baseball throwdown you'll ever experience. I've tried to caution all: don't expect this to make sense. This is much more technique than it is message.

In the interests of fairness, I'm pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Well Go USA provided me with an advance DVD copy of DEAD BALL for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
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