Takeshi's Castle Thailand is a revival of the cult classic Japanese comedy gameshow "Fuuun! Takeshi Jou" ("Showdown! Takeshi's Castle").
The show is based around the story of the ruthless Shogun Takeshi, who has kidnapped the elegant Princess Woonsen and imprisoned her in his castle. Each episode, the determined General Shahkrit gathers an army of consenting combatants with the aim of storming Takeshi's castle and rescuing Woonsen - the love of his life.
Army of Contestants
In order to reach the castle, Shahkrit's army must battle through the absurd games, and depraved guards, that the Shogun has put in the way in an attempt to halt such an invasion. Upon reaching the Takeshi's stronghold, those who have survived the challenges so far must now take part in one final assault.
In this Show Down, the attacking contestants have to break the paper ring on the Shogun Doll's cart to win the battle. If team is successful in doing this they have beaten Takeshi, stormed the castle, and have won the jackpot (see Prizes)!
Originally, the games whittled down an army of 100 contestants until only a few remained for the final battle; but from episode 50 onwards the rules changed. Now twenty contestants begin each show and no one gets eliminated. Instead, how they fare in the games determines the number of carts they can use in the Show Down.
The army begins the episode with 10 carts, but being unsuccessful in a game will cause this number to be reduced - with all the lost carts being given over to the guards instead.
Takeshi's Castle Thailand; Hod, Mun, Ha ("Cruel, Thrilling, Fun") was first broadcast on the 20th July 2014. It aired on Thailand's Channel 7 every Sunday at 2:45pm, with most episodes running for one and three-quarter hours. The final episode was broadcast on 15th May 2016.
Shogun and Sidekicks
The first few episodes began with an animation introducing the story of Shogun Takeshi and Princess Woonsen's kidnapping. After the intro, we see the new army of contestants arriving to join the waiting General Shahkrit; who gives a pep talk to the contestants. He is joined by his assistant Plakung, and half-friend half-foe Fern the ninja. The trio talk with some of the contestants, before they are all sent into the first game.
Next we visit the Shogun and his sidekicks in the castle, who set the scene for the episode with a comedic introduction. There is audience of other castle inhabitants watching the goings-on, along with Princess Woonsen who is sits alone to the side of the room. The first game is introduced as everyone in the castle watches on.
Between each challenge there are regular scenes inside the castle. These comedy segments often relate to what is going on within the main game, but are also used for sketches and amusing exchanges between the Shogun, Khom, Bon and Woonsen. Special guests also appear, and take part in the skits and gags.
After making it trough all the games that face them, it's time for the final few undefeated contestants to attack the castle. If the contestants lose, Shahkrit speaks dejectedly to the audience and then runs off to get ready forhis next attack. If the contestants win, Shahkrit celebrates with the remaining members of his army and awards the prize money in the form of a giant cheque. Meanwhile inside the castle it's chaos - the Shogun isn't happy, and Woonsen is hidden away to keep her from being rescued!
The first 28 episodes of Takeshi's Castle Thailand were filmed in Sattahip, Thailand; between the Thai Naval Base and Samaesan Villa Village. From episode 30, the show moved to Nakhon Ratchasima - just to the north of Khao Yai National Park.
From episode 50 onwards; if contestants don't totally beat a single game, the team will be forced to face a punishment. Presided over by the Punishment Samurais, there are a range of forfeits that players may have to suffer.
Contestants must stand barefoot in a bath of ice for 1 or 2 minutes.
Kneeling in a human pyramid, contestants have cannonballs fired at their backsides.
Male contestants have a waxing strip stuck on to, and torn off of, their legs.
Contestants have their tongues brushed with wasabi paste.
Fit to Burst
Contestants wear a shirt with a balloon underneath, which is then inflated until it bursts.
Contestants faces are rubbed in the armpit of a sweaty overweight person.
Ping Pong Pain
Contestants have table tennis balls served at their faces.
Contestants are tied to a contraption that tips bucketfuls of various liquids over them.
Stuck and Blow
Three contestants are tied by their arms, covered in sticky liquid, and have powerful fans blow powder at them.
A cash prize is awarded to the contestants that manage to beat the Shogun.
In the first 24 episodes, if there was no winner the prize money rolled over and was added to the next week's million-baht prize.
Main Prize Eps 50-82
The army that beats Takeshi in the Show Down
Upon a Show Down win
Main Prize Eps 1-49
The contestants that beat Takeshi in the Show Down
Upon a Show Down win
Player of the Game Award
The contestants who give their best effort, or are the most amusing
To select contestants in episodes 1 - 24
Below is a list of winners and the jackpot totals. Click the button to reveal them.
Show Down Victories
Number of Contestants
Numerous visitors have dropped by the castle or arrived on the battlefield. Here's the Shogun's guestlist.