Sasuke Singapore is a game show that tests the physical limits of individuals by letting them go through various obstacles. Winners will be able to contest for the Sasuke competition in Japan.
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This show is horrendous. Period.
I recalled being slightly interested in the show which aired after the National Day Parade. I was anticipating eye candies with washboard abs that I didn't know existed here in Singapore. Alas, both the concept of the show and the contestants failed to impress. They flipped. They tumbled. It was barely hilarious. My eyelids were totally drooping each time a new contestant attempts to conquer those obstacles.
The first episode didn't lure me to watch the following episodes. However, I was fazed with a glimmer of curiosity. A slight tinge of it. I thought that maybe the eye candy I have been awaiting for all along will plop across my screen that week. Or maybe the obstacle course will be much more interesting this time! Unfortunately, neither occurred. The same obstacle course was featured in the show week after week. Sasuke Singapore spelled the word 'Boring' to perfection.
Sasuke Singapore has the same game of testing participants of their physical abilities, and it is a good source of inspiration for others especially when someone completes the course, and the confidence and satisfaction it can give the participants makes it a good show/game. However that being said, it is still a copy of the original Japanese Sasuke, and it can never compare.
I believe that so firstly because of the main element of the show. In Sasuke, other than the game, the commentary was mostly about introduction of competitors and their progress on the course, and while that seems boring the commentary is actually interesting because there is content related humour and interesting lines, but the Singapore version has too much unrelated to competition lines and humour inserted by Joanne Peh which i felt ruined the show's main purpose and that the game was better off conducted but not put on air.
I actually watch Sasuke to watch the participants fall and laugh at their misery. Call me a sadist, I won’t deny that. I heard that it is a competition where the winner will get to represent Singapore in the Japanese game show, but I’m not too sure how true that rumour actually is. Nevertheless, I have to say that it pales in comparison to the original Japanese version of Ninja Warrior or Banzuke, but a good effort nevertheless.
Participants come from all walks of life; ranging from students to working adults already in their 50s. It gets boring after sometime though, even the falls of the participants fail to crack me up. It might be because it’s the same set of obstacles all the time, so it gets pretty mundane after awhile.
I have to say, the hosts of the show makes a lot of difference too. The American TV series “Wipeout” has ruthless emcees who love to hurl insults at the participants, sometimes it gets overboard, but usually it is just hilarious because their comments are just so witty. For Sasuke, it might be the producer’s call, but the emcees are pretty boring; maybe just serving the role of being commentators.
Sasuka Singapore is a derivation of Japan's version and I think it is wonderfully adapted. You'll see really interesting people from all walks of lives trying to beat this obstacle course and I think it's a great show of strength. From 18 year olds to 40 year old fathers, this inspires me and shows the physical aspirations of Singaporeans. Lovely!
However, the hosts of the show do not do an excellent job. Half the time, Joanne Peh tries to sound sexy and 'attas' which deeply irritates me. The commenters are not bad, but they make forced, thin jokes which also annoy me.
The show may also tend to over-dramatize the show, making it overly patriotic and nationalistic. Other than that though, I enjoy the myriad of talents and the process that goes behind physical training, Well-done.
I liked the show for the spirit of competition. People may laugh and joked about how someone dropped into the water but admit it, the course was tough. Even at my fittest during my NS time, I may not dare to join this competition. I salute those people that took part in the competition.
If the show was like a silent movie, it may have been more enjoyable. The hosts really should not be hosting the show especially the two guys. They were talking nonsense in between competitors and their comments and actions did not go well with the show.
Joanne Peh was passable, showing her cute face and dimples but she was not made to be a host so she was better going back to her acting career.
Extremely reminiscent of the Japanese original, except it is a significantly watered down version. Having followed the Japanese original, much of the fun is derived from watching the lesser-seen obstacles from the following 2nd and 3rd stages before they proceed to the final stage that is the rope climb. However, this is noticeably absent in the Singaporean version, resulting in so many people qualifying to attempt the rope climb. And honestly, watching contestant after contestant attempt to scale a singular rope isn’t the most entertaining.
The hosts add virtually nothing to the enjoyment of watching the show. Joanne Peh speaks in such a forced manner (especially in the first season), almost as if she’s sitting for an oral examination. The other two hosts who sit at a table in the middle of nowhere are generally superfluous, very often testing my patience with regards to the show.
If you were truly interested in the obstacles, watch the Japanese original.
I have caught quite a few episodes of this show on TV, and i must say it does look pretty much like the one we saw on TV about the competition in Japan. However, the japan's version is a little more challenging for the contestants.
The host for the TV Joanne Peh, did a rather good job hosting in my opinion, she interacted well with the contestants and got them prepared for the challenges ahead. At first i thought the challenges were pretty short and easy, but upon seeing a large number of them constantly failing, i changed my idea.
The show, complete with its video effects and excellent editing, makes the whole show so much more exciting and pulls at the viewers' heartstrings when the time is ticking and counting down.
To me, Sasuke Singapore is indeed adrenaline-fueling, although I'm not a participant but a viewer. My heart pummels when each participant starts and tries to overcome all the obstacles in his way and become the winner.
To be honest, the obstacles do indeed look simple at the first sight. It is easy for a first-time viewer to recline and say its a piece of cake. But however, as the show progresses, you realise that it is fully capable of defeating many physically fit, mentally-hardened males. I learned to respect the spirit that the participants pitch themselves in whole-heartedly to try and complete the challenge.
Overall, I don't find the show uniquely Singapore, since the mode of challenge is similar to Sasuke Japan. However, do check out the obstacles, those are really different.
Sasuke Singapore is another one of those sadistic game shows in which viewers derive joy and laughter from seeing participants fall flat on their faces. As much as I hate to admit it, I am guilty of laughing.
Sasuke Singapore is a franchise of the Japanese gameshow, and this gameshow definitely made it obvious why local men and women ought to be training up more. Most of the time, gameshow enthusiasts who were giggling in excitement at the start always end up dropping off the show, defeated. I'll give the participants credit for joining the show though; It's one thing to attempt to scale ridiculous trampolines and planks, but falling unglamorously into the water on national television takes a completely different sort of courage.
Joanne Peh is the host, and she does a good job of looking pretty, offering visual support to defeated contestants. Her hosting was a little unnatural, but tolerable enough.
Generally a feel-good watch. I'm just not so sure if the contestants themselves feel so good watching their stretched faces grimace as they fall into the water.