¥By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Matsumoto Hitoshi brings a little bit of what you fancy to Amazon Prime Japan this fall. Starting November 30th, Matsumoto, (one half of internationally known comedy duo Downtown), will host Documental, a 4 part series akin to the duo’s No laughing Batsu New Year specials. In Documental, ten hand-picked Japanese entertainers will be given the chance at winning a grand prize of ¥10,000,000. Under Matsumoto’s watchful eye each entertainer must endure 6 hours of no laughing as they are subjected to a comedy barrage by other contestants or else be forced out from the competition.
The Trailer identifies entertainers Daisuke Miyagawa (Oh! Father) and Jimmy Ōnishi (No Laughing High-School batsu) as two of the 10 entertainers involved in this production. The show resembles that of an American reality program (like Big Brother) but it still retains that Japanese game show feel as indicated by Matsumoto’s grip on the control box that holds both a red button (stop) and a blue button (start). It appears the use of a yellow card comes into play during this program. The yellow card is used in sports when indicating a penalty and could be used for the same reason here. If so a red card would mean elimination for any one of the ten entertainers.
Matsumoto Hitoshi is a producer, writer and director. He is known the films Big Man Japan (2007), Symbol (2009), Saya-zamurai (2010) and R100 (2013). He is currently co-star of the variety series Gaki no tsukai ya arahende!! and former co-host of the enduring music show Hey! Hey! Hey Music Champ.
Documental will stream every Wednesday starting November 30, 2016 on Amazon Prime Japan.