|Starring:||Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, and Ryosei Tayama|
Although baseball does play an integral part of out story, it’s really just a background feature within a plot that isn’t afraid to run all over the place. The true narrative has to deal with Jubeh and his being undercover within this very sordid reform school. It takes nearly forty minutes before any actual baseball takes place within the movie. The movie up until that point is a series of excessively rude bits and very random content. If you go into Deadball expecting to see tons of baseball-related carnage the whole way through, you’re probably going to be left scratching your head. However, it’s the little things that keep audiences coming back. This isn’t a movie with any big messages built into its framework. This is all about being shocking and being… well, stupid. I don’t think anyone involved in the movie dared to take it the tiniest bit serious, and this attitude is reflected in every facet of the film’s creation. This isn’t a sports movie, it’s a very dark and very peculiar comedy.