Brain Wall

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Brain Wall (脳カベ Nōkabe?) is a component of the Japanese game show Tonneruzu no Minasan no Okage deshita (とんねるずのみなさんのおかげで した, lit. "Thanks to the people from Tunnels." ["Tunnels" is a comedy pair.]) Video clips from the show proliferated on video-sharing websites and the concept was eventually adopted by several countries. It became popularly known to non-Japanese speakers and YouTube fans as simply Human Tetris or Hole in the Wall, named for its involvement of the physical body and a supposed close resemblance to the rules of the video game Tetris.

Game rules[edit]

The rules of the game are the same, and how points are awarded vary from country to country.

  • Contestants wearing helmets and elbow and knee pads and a silver (or gold in some countries) spandex unitard stand on the "Play Area". A Styrofoam wall, 4 metres (13 ft) wide by 2.3 metres (7.5 ft) tall, consisting of cut-outs resembling Tetris blocks, is revealed and moves towards the contestants in a 15 metres (49 ft) path. They have to make use of their wits in seconds to assume the position that will allow them to fit through the opening(s). Later episodes involve the use of more complicated shapes, such as words, gymnastic positions, shapes from popular culture, and even above-ground-level shapes. Contestants usually have to twist and bend their bodies with agility and dexterity to fit through the hole in the wall.
  • If contestants fail to fit through the hole, they are pushed by the wall into a pool of water that is 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) deep behind them and no points are awarded.
  • Contestants play in teams and only win points if they are able to fit though the wall. Points are awarded if the contestant(s) in the round are able to successfully cross the Styrofoam wall completely, except in the following situations :
    • No points are awarded if any of the contestants fall into the water due to any reason, even if they successfully pass through the wall. (There have been instances where the wall is cleared but contestants find themselves trapped over the water)
    • No points are awarded if the contestants crash through the styrofoam wall causing it to break apart.[1]

The first component of the game involves a solo contestant, while later components involve groups of two people or more.

International versions[edit]

The production rights to the show outside of Japan is owned by FremantleMedia and the program has been produced in 45 countries.

Country Name Host Network First day aired
Arab League Arab world[2] جدار جبار
Jidar Jabbar
Mansour El Ghassani (Season 1, 2010)
Said Al Memari (Season 2, 2011)
Abu Dhabi TV September 20, 2010
 Argentina[3] El muro infernal Alejandro Wiebe Telefe March 3, 2008
 Australia[4] Hole in the Wall Jules Lund (2008-2009)
Anton du Beke (2009-present)
Nine Network August 6, 2008
 Brazil[5] De cara no muro Fausto Silva Rede Globo May 2009
 Belgium Flemish[6] Hole in the Wall Roos van Acker VT4 September 2009
 Bulgaria[7] Дупка в Стената Rumen Lukanov Nova TV July 18, 2008
 Cambodia[8] Hole in the Wall: ល្បែងជ្រែកជញ្ជាំង CTN (2011-2013)
MyTV (2013-present)
September 10, 2011
 Canada French[9] Le mur Benoît Gagnon V September 3, 2009
 Chile[10] La muralla infernal Javiera Contador and José Miguel Viñuela
Fernando Godoy and Lucila Vit
Megavisión March 16, 2009 - May 2009
July 2009 - November 2009
 Croatia[11] Pazi, zid! Mia Kovačić Nova TV September and October 2008
 Colombia[12] Duro contra el muro Carlos Calero RCN TV February 4, 2008
 China 动洞墙 SMG
 China 正大综艺-墙来啦 Qiang Shi (史强) & Xun Zhu (朱迅) CCTV September 19, 2010
 Denmark Hul i hovedet Uffe Holm TV3+
 Estonia Auk Seinas Tõnis Milling TV3 Spring 2009
 Finland Reikä seinässä Mari Kakko Nelonen March 15, 2009
 France Le Mur Infernal Laurence Boccolini TMC
 Germany Ab Durch die Wand Sonja Zietlow and Dirk Bach RTL October 18, 2009
 Greece Μια τρύπα στο νερό
Mia trypa sto neró
Mega TV 2008
 Hong Kong 大咕窿 Yishan Ng and Calinda Yuen-wai Chan and Dickson Wong TVB May 9, 2009
 Hungary Kalandra Fal! Sebestyén Balázs and János Vadon RTL Klub May 4, 2009
 India Hole in the Wall Cyrus Sahukar POGO
 Indonesia Hole in the Wall
Knockout Indonesia
Pandji Pragiwaksono
John Martin (Knockout)
Nabila Putri (Knockout)
RCTI
Global TV
TV3 (Said Muqaffa al-Idrus)
Shine TV-JKT48
Indosiar
(Knockout)
December 17, 2007 (Knockout its aired first in Indonesia on Indosiar 20 March 2013 based on the format entitled Face It and The Boxing Glove devised by Fuji Television Network, Inc.. It was brand new version on Brain Wall and Hole in the Wall)
 Israel ראש בקיר
Rosh Bakir
Shai Goldstein and Daror Rafaeli channel 10 2009
 Japan 脳カベ
Nōkabe
Tunnels Fuji TV July 26, 2006
 Lithuania Skylė sienoje Aistė Paškevičiūtė and Džiugas Siaurusaitis TV3 2009
 Malaysia Bolos Zizan Razak Astro Ria 2009
 Mexico Aguas Con El Muro Martín Altomaro and María Inés TV Azteca 2009, 2010–present
 Netherlands Hole in the wall Beau van Erven Dorens and Gerard Joling SBS6 October 10, 2009
 Norway Ylvis møter veggen Kjetil André Aamodt and Kjersti Idem along with Ylvis TVNorge 2008
 Paraguay El muro Roberto Willis Canal 13 November 2008
 Peru Tecsuperate June 2009
 Philippines Hole in the Wall Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. GMA Network April 20, 2009
 Poland Hole in the Wall Adam Małczyk and Adam Grzanka TV4 March 7, 2009
 Portugal Salve-se Quem Puder Diana Chaves and Marco Horácio SIC and SIC K June 1, 2009
 Romania Vedete-n Figuri Dan Fintescu and Dina Marina Prima TV January 16, 2009
 Russia Стенка на стенку
Stenka na Stenku
Ivan Urgant and Alexander Tsekalo ORT
 South Korea Jiwhaza Choi Gwi-hwan SBS April 14, 2007
United Nations Southeast Asia Hole in the Wall Brooke Burns and Mark Thompson (2008–2009)
Teck Holmes (2010)
Disney Channel Asia November 2012
 Spain El Muro Infernal Julian Iantzi La Sexta Summer 2008
 Sweden Hål i väggen Johan Petersson (Season 1, 2008)
Erik Ekstrand, Mackan Edlund (Season 2, 2009-2010)
TV6 September 14, 2008
 Taiwan 齊天大勝
Who's the Winner
Topic: Hole in the Wall 爆衝型人
Jacky Wu TTV Introduced: 16 June, 2007 - 29 September, 2007
 Thailand Game Kampang Za
Knockout
Wattana Kamthornthip, Somjit Jongjohor BBTV Channel 7 2011-2013
 Turkey Bak Su Duvara Behzat Uygur Star TV 2009
 Ukraine Море по коліно
More po Kolino
Dmytro Perepelkin ICTV August 29, 2010
 United Kingdom Hole in the Wall Dale Winton
Anton du Beke
BBC One September 20, 2008
 United States Hole in the Wall Brooke Burns and Mark Thompson (2008–2009) Fox September 7, 2008
Teck Holmes (2010–2012) Cartoon Network October 6, 2010
Anton du Beke (2013–present) Disney Channel
Comedy Central
January 1, 2013
Teck Holmes and Mark McGrath (2008–2012) Syndication September 7, 2008
El Muro Infernal Mada Kimelgo Telemundo 1987
 Vietnam Người đi xuyên tường Đại Nghĩa
Hoài Linh
VTV3 December 26, 2014
Quang Duẩn (2007-present)
Lương Trang (2014-present)
Kim Thanh (2013-present)
Thiện Tân (2014-present)
Trọng Tấn (2006-present)
Khánh Vân (2014-present)
Minh Thư (2009-present)
Quang Duy (2008-present)
Charli Robinson (1998-present)
Kathleen de Leon Jones (1998-present)
Tim Harding (1998-present)
Nathan Foley (1998-present)
Shaun Taylor-Corbett (2003-present)
Karla Cheatham Mosley (2003-present)
Jenn Korbee (2003-present)
Kimee Balmilero (2003-present)
Kellie Crawford (1998-present)
Curtis Cregan (2003-present)
Kenny Everett (1977-1995)
Richard Lawn (1995-1998)
Telemundo (now as TTV and later as TTV1, TTV3, TTV9, TTV11) 1977

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