Director: Yôhei Fukuda
My Short Review: There are so many bad reviews of Death Tube that I was almost reluctant to watch it. Well I’m glad I did. To be faire I’m a big fan of the Saw Series and of F***ed up Japanese Movies so the story behing Death Tube was definitively tailored for an audience like myself. What rubbed a lot of people the wrong way (the cheap set, the bad acting, the bear costumes…) was, for me, part of the whole fun.
If you watch a lot of japanese game shows, you do have those funny/creepy costumed characters, funny voice over, whole people’s reactions splattered in text on the screen. Death Tube in that sense is very Japanese and very traditional in the way those types of elimination games are being played. The twist here is that, if you lose, you die, and it is being streamed live on the internet.
I did not think the acting was that bad, it’s all part of the over the top reactions found in other japanese movies or, once again, game shows. The bear costumes are really creepy and play a big role in the movie’s mood. The games are silly but interesting enough to keep you guessing. There is even an attempt at moral issues (the main character is part of the game because he did not help one of the contestant of a previous game..)
My only disappointment was within the actual deaths. I would have liked more gore or more imaginative way of killing the losers. The best kills happen early in the movies (one contestant is beheaded and another one is being drilled in the head) but for the others it is quite boring (poison, gunshots…).
Apparently a sequel was made and I have to say I can’t wait to watch it if I can get my hands on it.
My Rating: 6.5/10