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Red Room (1999)

Akai misshitsu (heya): Kindan no ôsama geemu (original title)
How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the ... See full summary »

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How low would you go to win a million dollars? Just how desperate are you for the cash? Desperate enough to enter the Red Room? In this latest and most vicious game show to emerge from the Japanese underground, four contestants (a husband and wife on the edge of divorce, and two sisters) are locked in the Red Room to draw cards in the "king game." Whoever draws the king selects two others to enter a cage where one performs the most outrageous acts upon his or her unlucky victim. The game is played to the death. Survivor takes all, and the losers go home in body bags! Written by Anonymous

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Satisfyingly sick.
11 July 2014 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Have you ever played that game where you see just what your friends/work colleagues would be willing to do—hypothetically speaking of course—in exchange for an obscene wadge of cash? Well, Japanese sickie Red Room also explores this idea, only in this film, the challenges are for real, as four cash-strapped individuals compete for a prize of 10 million yen in 'The Forbidden King Game': each player selects a card; whoever gets the 'king' card gets to devise an act to be performed by two of his opponents; last contestant to drop out/refuse to perform an act is the winner.

The basic concept for Red Room is deeply flawed: with no boundaries set before the contest begins, one would expect the first 'king' to invent a challenge so obscene that no-one would possibly consider taking part, no matter how big the prize; that would take care of two contestants immediately. The competition would be over in no time, but where would the fun be in that?

Instead, director Daisuke Yamanouchi has his characters come up with games that gradually increase in severity, starting with a relatively tame dare in which two of the girls must kiss each other, followed by a test involving a vomit inducing spin on a revolving office chair for a few minutes, and a hair dryer stuffed in the mouth. Eventually, however, the challenges get much nastier, Yamanouchi really getting into the swing of things, delivering all manner of deviant behaviour that involves lots of sickening squelchiness and extreme blood-loss, and which ultimately ends in murder.


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