Ostensibly an episode of a Japanese TV show, the movie quickly switches to English by introducing six special American contestants, each with their own reasons for appearing on this Running Man-esque program. (One girl, played by Sarah Joslyn Crowder -- one of the few actors in the show with any other credit to her name (MTV's Undressed) -- wants to lambast society for supporting such a gruesome sport. One has Multiple Sclerosis and has given up on life. One was "dared" to go on the program. The others dream of the money and future stardom bestowed on survivors.)
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.