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Released in 2000 amid controversy, and not available in the US until 2010, Battle Royale (dir. Kinji Fukasaku) is the violent and shocking story of high schoolers stranded on a remote island and forced to murder each other to survive. Based on the manga of the same name, numerous franchises have taken Battle Royale’s core conceit to unprecedented levels of success, including The Hunger Games and Fortnite: Battle Royale, but none have matched the explosive or horrifying heights of the original.
Hailed by critics as “a stunningly proficient piece of action film-making,” “a vicious take-off on reality TV,” and an “intensely violent fable aimed at a young audience, but with true feeling, intelligence, and respect,” Battle Royale performs an expert balancing act between a dark satire of contemporary Japanese society and a wildly entertaining thriller.
Japanese with English Subtitles