Kasou Taishou, from a history of bunraku and practical effects
August 8, 2017 8:58 PM   Subscribe

Kasou Taishou, or 欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞 (translation: Kinchan and Katori Shingo's All Japan Costume Grand Prix), is a semi-annual television show in Japan in which groups or individuals perform short skits that are rated by a panel of judges. Nothing exceptional yet, you say? In the last decade or two, many of the skits have expanded from the bunraku-inspired performances and revolved around clever methods of "faking" cinematic special effects on a live stage. The most famous is probably "Matrix ping pong" from 2003 (YT re-post; previously), but as gathered in this Imgur gallery and this YouTube playlist titled "Masquerade Japan", there's a lot of creativity to discover. Or sit back and enjoy the complete 2017 94th All Japan Kasoh Grand Prix on Daily Motion.
posted by filthy light thief (10 comments total) 75 users marked this as a favorite
I am off work sick with a cold today. My whole body aches, I'm wigged out on cold and flu drugs and I don't understand Japanese. This is perfect.
posted by deadwax at 12:18 AM on August 9, 2017 [5 favorites]

Oh my god, this is amazing.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:45 AM on August 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

On the more low key amazing side, I really liked Gymnasium Mirrors for how well it was pulled off.

While on the more robustly humorous tip, Orangutan Conductor was a real winner.

Most of the others were enjoyable as well of course, those two just stood out as early favorites.
posted by gusottertrout at 5:27 AM on August 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

It makes my head ache just to contemplate the planning and practice that go into each skit. Coming up with a good concept, then doing the production/logistics stuff, and being able to perform it publicly, with a coordinated team...wow.
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 5:35 AM on August 9, 2017

I think the weed wacker was my favorite.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:45 AM on August 9, 2017

Hahaha please watch the basketball dribbling one! Mite kudasai!
posted by freecellwizard at 7:28 PM on August 9, 2017

This is good!
posted by asok at 1:21 AM on August 10, 2017

Penguins Escape!
posted by storybored at 8:28 PM on August 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Skydiving is actually pretty good. They use some really clever and cute set tricks.

posted by Samizdata at 9:25 PM on August 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

we just watched the 2017 episode and it is really, really great! Make sure watch it too!
posted by rebent at 9:20 PM on August 26, 2017

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