Saturday, April 16, 2011

Battle Royale (2000)

An entire class of middle-schoolers find themselves on a deserted island where they are forced to fight each other – to the death.

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Could you kill your best friend? What if failing to do so meant that you would have to die? Watch as a bunch of very civil Japanese schoolchildren are reduced to the most animal urge of all – to survive. Who can you trust?

For many years this was a difficult film to find in America. After the Columbine High School Shootings, no American distributor would touch it. Your best bet was to buy an all region disc from Korea. Thankfully after a decade people have calmed down and America can finally enjoy Kinji Fukasaku’s blood-soaked final masterpiece. It is absolutely worth your time.

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