Japan: "The Truman Show" was already a reality (but more cruel)

Published on Nov 19, 2017

Here is the story of Nasubi, a comedian and the japanese forced to live in direct TV like The Truman Show... but the bare and isolated

You remember The Truman Show, the 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey, in which the life of the protagonist was all a fiction, recorded, and transmitted live on tv to the delight of the audience sitting in front of the small screen? And if I told you that a format is very similar, but decidedly more cruel, and went into the wave, actually a few months before the film's arrival in theaters?

In Japan (where else?), a famous television program with a mechanics similar to the movie, titled Denpa Shōnen teki Kenshō Seikatsu, went actually aired in January of 1998. In the show, one of the many programs bizarre that we are used to seeing come from the land of the rising sun, Nasubi, a young comic actor of 22 years, was presented for an unusual hearing.

To get the job he was told that he had to overcome a challenge. This consisted in living naked in a tiny room, while his life was recorded 24 hours per day, 7 days on 7. The comedian also had to survive exclusively on the food, and the items won through a system similar to the sweepstakes (or scratch card). The promise? It would have become a TV star.

What Nasubi, however, he didn't know was that everything had already aired day after day, for the glory of the audience is japanese (I looked at more than 16 million people). The determination of the guy soon turned into a show that lasts 15 months, in which the actor lost a lot of weight and that caused not a few problems due to the isolation forced.

Here is a video summary of the show and, if you go to minute 4:34, you can see the exact moment when it was revealed the deception to an actor who, just because of the program, has never seen to take off his career.

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