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Takeshi's Castle

Takeshi's Castle was a Japanese gameshow that was on TV in Japan in the 80s. It was based around Count Takeshi (Japanese actor/director Takeshi Kitano) who lived in a castle and the aim of the show was for contestants to beat the challenges Count Takeshi set and defeat him by "storming the castle". The challenges were silly but also quite hard and by the end of the game there weren't often that many contestants left. It seemed to be very rare for players to beat Takeshi! Takeshi's Castle is the British version of the show (featuring certain games). There is also an American version, MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) which they sometimes show on British TV and various others around the world. This post is based on the British version, which is narrated by actor Craig Charles. It ended in 2004 (although it was brought back in 2009 but according to Wikipedia they had just changed the opening sequence) but they currently show repeats on the TV channel Challenge.

The games included "Skipping Stones" which involved jumping from stone to stone (some of which sank) across the water, "High Rollers", where contestants tried to make it across large wooden rollers, "Knock Knock" where they ran into doors trying to get through them (some you could break though, others were solid and others you'd get caught in a net) and "Karaoke" where they (obviously) had to do karaoke! Contestants were helped by General Lee (played by actor Hayato Tani) and there were other characters involved in the game, including Takeshi's "Guard" who helped and protected him and Animal (played by American former baseball player Brad Lesley) a scary character who sometimes featured in certain games. In the final challenge the remaining contestants tried to defeat Takeshi by shooting the paper ring in his cart, so they could claim the castle. As well as the usual format (of both male and female adult players) there were also parent and child, international and women only editions.

Here is a clip from my one of my favourite games, Skipping Stones: Takeshi's Castle- Skipping Stones

For more info about Takeshi's Castle visit this link: Takeshi's Castle and


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