Brain Wall (脳カベ, Nōkabe) is a component of the Japanese variety 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 edit

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 edit

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

Country Name Host Network First day aired
  Albania Sfida Ilda Bejleri and Denard Xhillari DigitAlb 2016
  Arab world[2] جدار جبار
Jidar Jabbar
Mansour El Ghassani (Season 1, 2010) Abu Dhabi TV September 20, 2010
Said Al Memari (Season 2, 2011)
  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] Дупка в Стената
Dupka v Stenata
Rumen Lukanov Nova TV July 18, 2008
  Cambodia[8] Hole in the Wall: ល្បែងជ្រែកជញ្ជាំង Udom Vivath
Sarita Reth⇄Sok Somavatey
Andy Bishop (2011–2013)
Tim Ratha (2013–2015)
CTN (2011–2013)
MyTV (2013–2015)
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 Megavisión 2009
Fernando Godoy and Lucila Vit
  Croatia[11] Pazi, zid! Mia Kovačić Nova TV 2008
  Colombia[12] Duro contra el mundo Carlos Calero RCN TV February 4, 2008
Maleja Restrepo August 20, 2022
  Costa Rica Ojo con la pared Nancy Dobles Teletica June 2, 2012
  China 动洞墙 Zhu Zhen (朱楨) and Xue Zhi Qian (薛之謙) SMG
正大综艺-墙来啦 Qiang Zhi (人强子) and Xun Zhu (朱迅) CCTV September 19, 2010
  Denmark Hul i hovedet Uffe Holm TV3+
  Estonia Auk Seinas Tõnis Milling TV3 Spring 2009
  Egypt الجدار الكبير
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 Μια τρύπα στο νερό
Mia trypa sto neró
George Pyrpasopoulos Mega TV December 13, 2008
  Hong Kong 大咕窿 Yishan Ng
Calinda Yuen-wai Chan
Dickson Wong
TVB Jade 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
Steny Agustaf (Mom Edition) 2008
Indra Herlambang June 26, 2023
Yossi Mokalu
Udjo Permato
Global TV February 27, 2009
  Israel ראש בקיר
Rosh Bakir
Shai Goldstein and Daror Rafaeli Channel 10 2008
  Japan 脳カベ
Tunnels, Toshihiro Itō and
Asami Miura (servant)
Fuji TV July 26, 2006
  Lithuania Skylė sienoje Aistė Paškevičiūtė and Džiugas Siaurusaitis TV3 2008
  Malaysia Bolos Zizan Razak Astro Ria 2008
  Mexico Aguas con el muro Martín Altomaro and María Inés TV Azteca May 11, 2008
  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 Małczyk, Adam Grzanka and Michał Pałubski 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
Vasily Utkin, Gennady Bachinsky and Sergey Stillavin (2007)
Ivan Urgant and Alexander Tsekalo (2007–2008)
Channel One October 6, 2007
  South Korea 지화자
Choi Gwi-hwan SBS April 14, 2007
  Spain El Muro Infernal Julian Iantzi La Sexta July 4, 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 June 16, 2007 – September 29, 2007
  Thailand เกมกำแพงซ่า
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)
เกมกําแพงซ่า น็อกเอาท์
Crazy Wall Knockout Game
เกมกำแพงซ่า สไตรค์
Crazy Wall Strike Game
  Turkey Bak Şu 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 BBC One September 20, 2008
Anton du Beke September 26, 2009
  United States Hole in the Wall Brooke Burns and Mark Thompson FOX September 7, 2008
Teck Holmes Cartoon Network October 6, 2010
Brooke Burke Syndication
  Uruguay El Muro Roberto Larrañaga Canal 10 December 2008
  Vietnam Người đi xuyên tường Hoài Linh and Đại Nghĩa VTV3 December 26, 2014
Ốc Thanh Vân and Đình Toàn HTV7 July 2017

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