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I Survived a
Japanese Game Show


ABC's promotional logos for Season 1 (top) and Season 2 (bottom).
Genre Reality Television;
Game Show
Created by David Sidebotham;
Karsten Bartholin
(also executive producers)
Directed by Kent Weed
Starring Tony Sano
(TV host, Season 1)
Rome Kanda
(Majide host)[1]
Narrated by Robert Cait
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English; some Japanese with English subtitles.
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15
Production
Executive producer(s) Arthur Smith;
Kent Weed;
Tim Cresenti
Location(s) Tokyo, Japan
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24) – August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05)
Status Canceled after two seasons
External links
Production website

I Survived a Japanese Game Show (originally titled Big in Japan [2]) is an American reality show that saw its first season premiere on ABC June 24, 2008. The show followed a group of Americans, who leave the United States for Japan where they competed in a Japanese style game show.[3][4] The winner takes home US $250,000.[5] The series won both the Best Reality prize and the overall prize at the 2009 Rose d'Or ceremony.[6]

Season 2, which was supposed to have premiered on July 8, was moved up to June 17 at and debuted that night at 9PM EDT/PDT. The rating is TV-PG (L) for all shows.

Due to the second season having only half the ratings of the first season, ABC canceled the show in 2010.

Format

In Season One, contestants are informed that they are to take part in a reality-style competition, but not informed of the nature of the show. They are flown to Tokyo, Japan, and taken to the Toho Studios, where it is revealed that they are to compete on a Japanese game show called Majide (本気で?). For Season Two, Majide host Rome Kanda surprised each of the contestants in their hometowns informing them they were going to Japan. They are broken up into teams and, in the first six episodes of Season One and first seven episodes and the first half of the final episode of Season Two, competed in games against each other. The winning team was given a reward activity while the losing team was given a punishment activity. In the second season, the first game played saw the winning team have an advantage into the second game, where rewards and punishments were handed out afterward. In the final episode, the first two games reverted to the rules of Season One. Two members of the losing team are chosen to compete in a additional game head-to-head where the loser of that game is eliminated. (In general, the losing team chooses its two players as a team, although in the event that they fail to come to a decision, their opponents make the selection for them.) In the final part, the teams are broken up and the four remaining players face three elimination challenges in Season One, and final three facing two elimination games in Season Two; in all cases, the losing contestant was eliminated from the show and carried offstage and sent back to the United States by the "sayonara mob" (脱落者决定), dressed in black suits.

The series followed not only the Majide competition, but also the contestants' activities backstage and outside the game show in reality style. The contestants lived in a house together in the suburb of Kasai, with a Mama-san (Kozue Saito), who generally expects the contestants to live in line with Japanese culture and customs. In season 2, they live in the Majide Guest House with Mama-san.

The host of season one was Japanese-American Tony Sano, whose additional television credits include MTV Spring Break Japan and a recurring role on the The CW4Kids series Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight.[7] About the show, Sano commented, "It's going to be like nothing American audiences have seen on network television." (Matt Hurwitz, Associated Press)[8] Episodes are narrated by Robert Cait.

The show was produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (the producers of Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares in the USA) with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed of A. Smith and Co. and Tim Cresenti of Small World International Format Television as executive producers and Weed directing, and is distributed by Disney/ABC's Greengrass Productions division. The format was created by Danish producers Karsten Bartholin and David Sidebothin for Babyfoot ApS, and was originally titled Big in Japan.

[edit] Majide

Majide logo

Majide (which is Japanese slang for "Seriously?!"), the show-within-the-show, was not an actual Japanese game show, but was intended to resemble what a stereotypical Japanese game show is like.[9] The American producers watched hours of these Japanese game shows, took the most common elements and created all of the games, with help from producers in Japan, who also produced the game segments at Toho Studios.[10] In contrast to many American game shows, which are usually based on either trivia (such as Jeopardy!) or mental skill (like The Price Is Right), Japanese game shows tend to be more physically oriented, such as Takeshi's Castle. The Nickelodeon game show Double Dare was a hybrid of both the American and Japanese styles, while the reality show format also used a strategy base for who to eliminate, and who to keep such as Big Brother and Survivor.

Majide is hosted by Rome Kanda[11] and judged by Masahiro Hurugori, known on the show as Judge Bobu (Bob). Kanda has translated "Majide" (マジで) as "You've got to be crazy!"

[edit] Seasons

[edit] Season One

The first episode premiered on ABC on June 24, 2008. Tony Sano was host for this season. There were ten contestants in the first episode, with only one team game per episode. The season ran for seven episodes (unlike the second season) and the last episode screened on August 6, 2008.

[edit] Season Two

The second season premiered on June 17, 2009. Tony Sano did not return to host. In addition, the number of contestants increased from ten to twelve, and there are two team games per episode instead of one. The team that wins the first team game is given an advantage in the second, while the rest of the format remains the same. It ran for eight episodes and finished on August 5, 2009.

It was announced that ABC did not renew the show for a third season on March 5, 2010.[12]

[edit] International formats

Besides the USA, fifteen other countries have bought this format.[13] The American version of this show is airing in Australia on 7Two, Denmark on TV 3+, New Zealand's TV2, Singapore's Channel 5, the Philippines' Studio 23, Sweden's TV6, Slovenia's TV3 Slovenia and Portugal's SIC Radical. The Greek version of the show (under the original name Big In Japan) airs on Alpha TV. In Malaysia 8tv, Fridays 10:30pm, Brazil [ People & Arts ] 22:00. And South Africans see the show on Animax.

[edit] Other versions

[edit] Sweden

In 2009, Sweden began airing its own version of the show called Hjälp! Jag är med i en japansk TV-show (Help! I'm in a Japanese television show) with Swedish celebrities competing against each other. The show was produced and aired by TV4.
The Swedish version was also recorded in the Toho Studios but didn't include Tony Sano, Masahiro Hurugori and Rome Kanda. Instead, the show was narrated (and sometimes hosted) by Carolina Gynning. The show-within-the-show was not Majide, but Do Konjo and was hosted by Yoshi Amao with Mr. Fu as the judge.

[edit] Contestants

bulletKjell Eriksson (radio host) - winner of "Hjälp! Jag är med i en japansk TV-show"
bulletKlasse Möllberg (musician, actor) - runner-up
bulletRegina Lund (actress, singer) - third place
bulletSandra Dahlberg (artist) - 5th eliminated after episode 8
bulletJohannes Brost (actor) - 4th eliminated after episode 7
bulletDogge Doggelito (artist) - Left the show after episode 6
bulletAnna Book (singer) - 3rd eliminated after episode 6
bulletMarie Picasso (singer, model) - 2nd eliminated after episode 4
bulletTore Kullgren (TV-profile) - 1st eliminated after episode 1

The winner of the final episode of "Hjälp! Jag är med i en japansk TV-show" was Kjell Eriksson, against runner-up Klasse Möllberg.

 

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go to Don's Auto Clinic at 

1950 Ellesmere Rd #21 
Scarborough ON, M1H 2V8 

Phone: 416-438-9575 

Make an appointment 
and don't worry about                     what kind of service
you'll get because it's the best.
I've been going there for at least 5 years.

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www.zanesmall.com

Don't ask for a discount because you won't need one. 


Chinese Food 

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 Restaurant 

www.kimkim.ca 



Chinese Food is great and there are a lot of restaurants
but if you want to go to one of the best chinese food
restaurants in Toronto then go to Kim Kims at 

Kim Kim Hakka Chinese Restaurant 1188 Kennedy Road
Scarborough, ON M1P 2L1 416-757-8300
(Near Kennedy and Lawrence) 

I ususally have the Curry Chicken on Rice
but you'll be happy with whatever you order. 

If you can't handle spicy food tell them when you order. 

Don't ask for a discount because you won't need one. 

 

 

Real Estate Services 


One of Toronto's Best Real Estate teams is
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They are the right choice 
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RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., 
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