Film #163: DEADBALL
3 out of 5 stars
More chaos from Sushi Typhoon as one of their more obscure splatterfests hits my desk. As usual, the guys deliver a film spawned from a ridiculous script and featuring Special FX that as laugh-out-loud funny as they are over-the-top. Director Yadai Yamaguchi (MEATBALL MACHINE, YAKUZA WEAPON) helms what is, in many ways, a reboot of his first film, BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL The film features Tak Sakaguchi (YAKUZA WEAPON, TOKYO GORE POLICE, SAMURAI ZOMBIE, DEATH TRANCE, and a host of others) as Jubei Yakyu (a character of the same name as he was in BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL), a gifted baseball player who, after inadvertently killing his father with a ball, swears to never again play the game. After a lifetime of crime, he is sentenced to a juvenile detention facility (which is run by a Nazi-worshipping female warden) and coerced into returning to the game he so long ago swore off. Trust me, within the context of the film, it makes more sense that it sounds like it does. Sort of. But really, who cares? These films are all about how far over the line they can go, how ridiculous it all is, and the gore. While the level of bloodletting is not as extreme as other Sushi Typhoon films, there is quite a lot of gore in DEADBALL. And yes, it’s all still exceedingly gratuitous. Still, DEADBALL steadfastly refuses to take itself seriously and the resulting film is silly, utterly ridiculous, and yet, somehow vastly entertaining. Perfect for parties or “friends over for beer,” DEADBALL – again like a lot of Sushi Typhoon product – has nothing on its mind other than to be fun. Arthouse film fans need not even bother, but if you think rectal exams which yield spanner wrenches, dolls, and tennis rackets are funny… If the idea of killer robots and deadly Japanese schoolgirls that shoot killer baseballs at light speed amuses you… and if geysers of blood, feces, and guts makes you laugh… Then DEADBALL is perfect for you!