The Tokyo Shock Boys
Please laugh, we’re risking our lives
The Tokyo Shock Boys are a group of four Japanese entertainment stunt men who gained worldwide notoriety performing self-abusive and self-mutilating stunts. In Japan they are known as Dengeki Network (電撃ネットワーク ).
The group formed in Tokyo in 1990 when the four members put together some funny stunts for Japanese TV while working as roadies on Paul McCartney’s 1990 tour of Japan. They are the forefathers of dangerous, crude and self-injuring stunts coming well before groups such as Jackass and Dirty Sanchez. This year is their 20th anniversary.
The Tokyo Shock Boys are (in left to right order of the above photo):
- Nambu Torota: Lights firecrackers in his pants and also staples money to his head
- Danna Koyanagi: Breaks objects with butt muscles, expresses milk through eyes
- Sango Jugo: Puts out cigarettes with his tongue
- Gyuzo: Plunges his head into hot wax and plays with scorpions
Below is a short video featuring some of their acts:
And a few more feature acts:
They even appeared in an Australian Listerine commercial from the 90s: