Notable Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Miri Hoshino, Takamasa Suga
As my continued quest into splatter films continues, the ever vigilant Sushi Typhoon (through the awesome Well Go USA here in the US) brings out another odd flick with "Deadball" for my journey. Although the film is more comedy than it is splatter, "Deadball" delivered a few home runs on both sides of the field. In the end it was a rather mixed effort, either being extremely successful or off the mark with its gags, but for splatter fans or those looking for a silly film watching experience "Deadball" is at least hitting half of the pitches.
Jubeh ( Tak Sakaguchi) has sworn off of baseball since the untimely death of his father after he throws an explosive pitch to him. In fact, he's sworn to use his intense abilities to fight evil and take down ruthless villains. That's not what society seems him as though when he goes on a vicious killing spree. So he's arrested and sent to prison, a prison where the war-like warden is doing some questionable things. A place where he's offered a spot on the baseball team. A place where he can take down one more villain before he leaves this world....
|I wish the baseball team had a bit more screen time for gimmicks.
The first half is uproariously funny though. After brief explanation about our protagonist's path of destruction leading him to our evil prison with its Nazi warden, the film kicks into full on Zucker spoof mode. I was handedly reminded of "The Naked Gun" films throughout this first half as our lead delivers some of the most ridiculous lines with a stone cold straight face and the visual gags fly around at lightning paces. The ridiculousness of the prison is actually topped by our lead (who simply owns the role) and he is given plenty of gags to work with - batting a baseball with a person, a fist fight with the warden that culminates in one of the greatest telephone gags known to man, and my personal favorite the random cigarettes he pulls from mid air. If the entire film had been this first half, "Deadball" would rank as one of the best comedies I've seen in ages.
|Tickle, tickle, tickle.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
You know you want to know what the telephone gag is...so you might as well just pro-order the film at the links below for its April 9th, 2013 release from Well Go USA!