Japanese ’80s game show ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ will return to Prime Video

“Takeshi’s Castle,” a popular Japanese game show that originally aired in the late 1980s, will return in 2023 when a new series begins on Amazon Prime Video, a Japanese broadcaster announced Wednesday.

Takeshi Kitano attends a press conference in Tokyo on March 30, 2022. (Kyodo)

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc., which aired the show starring Japanese entertainment icon Takeshi Kitano during the asset-inflated bubble economy era, will produce a series tentatively titled “Fukkatsu! Fuun! Takeshi-jo (Revival! Turbulence! Takeshi’s Castle) for the US on-demand streaming service.

The original show, which aired between 1986 and 1989, found huge success when the award-winning director and comedian, also known by his stage name Beat Takeshi, played the lord of a castle where he and his bandmates indulged in a water gun battle with competitors eliminated after a series of physical challenges.

Known in Japan as “Fuun! Takeshi-jo”, it also garnered a cult following when it was released overseas, including the United States, Britain, and many countries in Asia. and South America. Some countries produced localized versions of the game show.

The new series will be “on a grander scale that would not be possible on terrestrial television, at substantial costs which we expect to bear,” a TBS official said at a press conference.

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