Battle Royale (Japan: Batoru rowaiaru), 2000.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku.
In the not-too-distant future, a class of Japanese schoolchildren are forced to fight to the death under a tyrannical government’s ‘Battle Royale’ Act.
From Fukasaku’s prologue depicting an adolescent girl clutching a blood-spattered doll, braces discernable as she breaks into a sadistic smile at being hungrily interrogated by a crowd of frenzied reporters proclaiming her the victor of that year’s ‘game’, I could tell that this was a film I would enjoy.
Set in a dystopian Japan - a nation that has lost faith in its increasingly unstable and violent youth – Battle Royale focuses on the unruly class 3-b and their subsequent punishment under the recently instated Br Act. Overseen by their contemptuous yet darkly comedic teacher Kitano (brilliantly played by Beat Takeshi »
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