Takeshi's Castle Thailand is a Thai revival of the cult classic Japanese comedy gameshow "Fuuun! Takeshi Jou" ("Showdown! Takeshi's Castle").
The show is based around the story of the evil Shogun Takeshi, who has kidnapped Princess Woonsen and imprisoned her in his castle.
Each episode, General Shahkrit gathers an army of contestants with the aim of storming Takeshi's castle and freeing Woonsen - the love of his life.
In order to reach the castle, the contestants must overcome the silly but tough games that the Shogun
Army of Contestants
has built in attempt to halt such an invasion. General Shahkrit leads his army of contestants through the games, and the guards, standing in their way, and onto the castle to try to overthrow the Shogun and save the Princess.
Originally, the games whittled down an army of 100 contestants until only a few remained for the final battle.
In this 'Show Down', the contestants have to break the paper ring on the Shogun Doll's cart to win. If team is successful in doing this they have beaten Takeshi, stormed the castle, and have won the jackpot (see Prizes)!
From episode 50 onwards the rules changed. 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 reduced - with all the lost carts being given to the guards.
Takeshi's Castle Thailand; Hod, Mun, Ha ("Cruel, Thrilling, Fun") was first broadcast on the 20th of 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.
The first few episodes began with an animation introducing the story of Shogun Takeshi and Princess Woonsen's kidnapping.
Shogun and Sidekicks
The first shot, after the intro, sees the new army of contestants arriving to join the waiting General Shahkrit.
Shahkrit 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. They 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.
Between each game, 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 all the games it's time for the final battle.
If the contestants lose; Shahkrit speaks dejectedly
to the audience and then runs off to get ready for his 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 the Shogun isn't happy, and Woonsen is hidden away to stop her from being rescued.
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.
Man 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.
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 a 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 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 an overweight person.
Ping Pong Pain
Contestants have table tennis balls served at their faces.
Contestants are tied to a contraption that tips a bucketful 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.