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Fantasia 2011: ‘Deadball’ is in almost every possible way a better cinematic achievement than its predecessor

Deadball aka Deddobôru

Directed by Yûdai Yamaguchi

Written by Yûdai Yamaguchi and Keita Tokaji

Japan, 2011

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Deadball raises the question how important technical proficiency is when you are setting out to make a terrible movie. Or to put it another way… How important are your limitations when you set out to make a celebration of cinematic excess?

Deadball brings back Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) from Battlefield Baseball. In 2003, it was already a stretch for the 27 year old Sakaguchi to play the 17 year old Jubeh. One of the better jokes of Deadball is that Sakaguchi at 35 is still playing a 17 year old baseball prodigy.

The plot beats are essentially the same. Jubeh, whose best pitch killed his father, has vowed never to play baseball again. He is convinced otherwise, but finds himself in a game where the objective is not to win, but to survive and kill the other team.
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