Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, ... See full summary »
Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch, Jubeh swore off baseball and became a criminal and now, at 17, has been sent to the Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory for hardened criminals. Headmistress Ishihara, the granddaughter of a World War II Nazi collaborator, runs the institution with an iron fist and the enthusiastic help of her sadistic assistant, Ilsa. After arriving at the hellhole, Jubeh soon learns from governor Mifune that his long-lost, younger brother Musashi had also done time there after a murder spree, but had since died mysteriously. Written by
As a young lad, baseball player Jûbei tragically realises the destructive force of his powerful pitching arm when he accidentally cracks open his father's head with the ball during practise. Years later, Jûbei (Tak Sakaguchi), now a crime-fighting vigilante, is placed in a correctional institution for violent juveniles run by a Nazi headmistress, who convinces the young man to join the prison baseball team, while conveniently neglecting to mention that the next game will be played to the death against the evil Saint Black Dahlias (a baseball team consisting solely of unfeasibly sexy but extremely brutal young Japanese high-school girls in almost non-existent outfits).
For many years, the Japanese have been at the forefront of demented movie-making, but in the past decade or so, their 'anything goes' approach seems to have attained new levels of insanity. Deadball, for example, is a micro-budgeted comedy/horror that purposely defies all logic and sense of realism from start to finish in order to cram in as much deranged splat-stick nonsense as possible, including such mind-boggling strangeness as elbow-deep rectal cavity searches, Loony Tunes-style cartoon violence, vomit eating, a pair of cute Idol singers named Poo-poo, the rough removal of one poor guy's testicles, Jûbei thrusting his hand so far inside a villain's head that his fingers emerge from the nostrils and poke out the eyes (!!!), and an armoured steam-punk Nazi cyborg wearing a metal skirt that reveals his skinny human legs.
Some of this craziness works (the film gets more and more bonkers as it progresses, so hang in there for the best bits), much of it fails dismally (sometimes due to budgetary limitations that results in a lot of poorly executed CGI, but often 'cos it was simply a crap idea in the first place). Either way, though, it's hard not to admire the imagination involved and the film-makers' gleefully manic approach.
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