A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Players are playing for cash, and greed is sometimes referred to throughout the show. Loyalty and deception are also themes. All of this is within the context of the game.
Positive Role Models
Some players begin the game a little too confidently, while others are more cautious about the way they go about playing. Some people betray others in an effort to win more cash.
The cast is Japanese, and range in gender, age, body type, and profession.
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Violence & Scariness
People appear anxious or frightened as they're chased and tagged out of the game using laser technology, and sometimes players scream or fall to the ground exhausted, but no one is touched or gets hurt. Occasionally smoke guns and other items are used to make the game more dramatic, but aren't harmful. Some of the costumes may frighten young children.
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The word "darn" is often used.
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Products & Purchases
Contestants' YouTube channels, bands, etc. are sometimes referenced or quickly shown, but only as a way to identify them.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Run for the Money is a lively Japanese game show (available subtitled in English) that features contestants being chased and eliminated while they attempt to complete tasks for money. It's fun, but contestants often feel threatened, scream, and panic as they're chased (though no one is touched or hurt). Younger viewers might find some of the costumes and other dramatic elements a little scary. There's also some occasional bickering between players. Occasionally players' YouTube channels, bands, etc. are referenced, but only to highlight who they are.
Is It Any Good?
The lively cat and mouse-style game show, which has been airing in Japan since 2004, offers lots of fun moments as contestants attempt to evade capture for cash. Much of the entertainment comes from watching players frantically evade the squadron of ominous-looking, silent, emotionless hunters, many of who seem to appear out of nowhere throughout the game. Adding to the drama are rule changes that lead to distrust and deception. There are some theatrical moments that will remind you of TV shows like Squid Game and movie franchises like The Hunger Games and The Matrix. But overall, Run for the Money is one of those mindlessly diverting shows that's easy to get caught up in.
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