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Brain Wall

Brain Wall (, N?kabe) is a component of the Japanese game show The Tunnels' Thanks to Everyone. Video clips from the show proliferated on video-sharing websites and the concept was eventually adopted by several other 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

The rules of the game are the same, and how points are awarded varies 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

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

Country Name Host Network First day aired
Arab League Arab world[2] ? ?'
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 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] ? ?
Dupka v Stenata
Rumen Lukanov Nova TV July 18, 2008
 Cambodia[8] Hole in the Wall? Andy Bishop (2011-2013)
Tim Ratha (2013-present)
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 Kova?i? Nova TV September and October 2008
 Colombia[12] Duro contra el muro Carlos Calero RCN TV February 4, 2008
 China () Zhu Zhen & () Xue Zhi Qian SMG
?- Qiang Zhi () & Xun Zhu () CCTV September 19, 2010
 Denmark Hul i hovedet Uffe Holm TV3+
 Estonia Auk Seinas Tõnis Milling TV3 Spring 2009
El-Giddar El-Kebir
Ahmed Essam DMC 2020
 Finland Reikä seinässä Mari Kakko Nelonen March 15, 2009
 France Le Mur Infernal Laurence Boccolini TMC November 12, 2007
 Germany Ab Durch die Wand Sonja Zietlow and Dirk Bach RTL October 18, 2009
 Greece ?
Mia trypa sto neró
George Pyrpasopoulos Mega TV December 13, 2008
 Hong Kong Yishan Ng
Calinda Yuen-wai Chan
Dickson Wong
TVB May 9, 2009
 Hungary Kalandra Fal! Balázs Sebestyén and János Vadon RTL Klub May 4, 2009
 India Hole in the Wall Cyrus Sahukar POGO July 28, 2008
 Indonesia Hole in the Wall Pandji Pragiwaksono RCTI December 17, 2007
Yossi Mokalu
Udjo Permato
Global TV February 27, 2009
 Israel ?
Rosh Bakir
Shai Goldstein and Daror Rafaeli Channel 10 2009
Tunnels, Toshihiro It?, and Asami Miura Fuji TV July 26, 2006
 Lithuania Skyl? sienoje Aist? Pa?kevi?i?t? and D?iugas Siaurusaitis TV3 2009
 Malaysia Bolos Zizan Razak Astro Ria 2009
 Mexico Aguas con el muro Martín Altomaro and María Inés TV Azteca 2009 - 2010
 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 George Slebi Panamericana Televisión June 2009
 Philippines Hole in the Wall Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. GMA Network April 20, 2009
 Poland Hole in the Wall Adam Ma?czyk 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
Stenka na Stenku
Ivan Urgant and Alexander Tsekalo ORT
 South Korea Jiwhaza Choi Gwi-hwan SBS April 14, 2007
 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 ?
Who's the Winner
Topic: Hole in the Wall ?
Jacky Wu TTV June 16, 2007 - September 29, 2007
Crazy Wall Game
Kanchai Kamnerdploy (September 3, 2011 - March 24, 2012) Channel 7 September 3, 2011
Wattana Kumthorntip (March 25, 2012 - March 30, 2014)
Somjit Jongjohor (October 13, 2012 - March 30, 2014)

Crazy Wall Knockout Game

Crazy Wall Strike Game
 Turkey Bak Su Duvara Behzat Uygur Star TV 2009
 Ukraine ?
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 Fox September 7, 2008
Teck Holmes Cartoon Network October 6, 2010
 Uruguay El Muro Roberto Larrañaga Canal 10 December 2008
 Vietnam Ngi ?i xuyên tng Hoài Linh and i Ngh?a
?c Thanh Vân and ?ình Toàn
December 26, 2014
July 2017


  1. ^ Fox to remake "Hole in the Wall"
  2. ^ Official website Archived August 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ IMDB
  4. ^ IMDB
  5. ^ Official website
  6. ^ Official Facebook profile
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  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Official website". Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Official Twitter profile
  11. ^ Official Facebook profile
  12. ^ Teleset Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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