Vermillion Pleasure Night Vol 1 : 3 of 5
Vermillion Pleasure Night was a late-night variety show in Japan, featuring lots of bizarre sketches (the popular Oh! Mikey first appeared on this show, then later became a spin-off, I think). It's not too easy to describe this show, but I would say it's kind of like a hip Japanese In Living Color, but definitely more artsy (and adult). Even though it's basically a comedy, the segments are extremely stylish, and a few have some dark humor. This DVD contains two long episodes, and I really enjoyed the weird experience of watching them (and did a lot of laughing)! Some of the live action segments are Dr. Phero, which has scary, sexy nurses dancing around with syringes, Starship Residence, which has a teenage alien who is visited by a drug dealer and emotional counsellor (complete with laugh track), and Midnight Cooking, which has recipes sung in over-the-top Enka style. I really enjoyed the One Point English Lesson segments, teaching such useful phrases as "You are so good!" (with the proper innuendo). Besides Oh! Mikey, there are other segments that use mannequins, too, like Delinquent Student Takako - she's a "real" person who interacts with her mannequin teachers and parents by beating them up! There are also animation segments, both hand-drawn and stop-motion, all of them weird and funny. The whole show was pretty cool, since it's definitely something you wouldn't see on network TV here - I'm glad these are being released on DVD!