Great Scenes – BATTLE ROYALE
I’m super stoked – with The Hunger Games exploding across our nation’s screens (and merchandise available everywhere) I get a chance to once again revisit Battle Royale – one of the finest films ever made, period. The last film by maestro Kinji Fukasaku (see our previous review here), it’s a risky, thought-provoking action film full of no-good kids who need a comeuppance and bitter adults putting them through a heaviness that’s missing in their too-easy lives. This movie does what all great satires do – it entertains while being SCARY – with Takeshi Kitano’s blank-faced disregard for human life embodying all that we fear in our authority figures – namely a personally motivated sadism! BR is loaded with fantastic scenes but this is one of the best – and by the end of these 8 minutes you know for certain the game is on for reals. Moshi moshi!!!
- Battle Royale Finally Getting a Proper U.S. Release on DVD and Blu-ray in March (filmjunk.com)
- An Inside Look at the Making of Battle Royale and a Bloody New Blu-ray Clip (dreadcentral.com)
- Before There Was The Hunger Games, Japan Had This Brutal, Bloody Opus [Culture Smash] (kotaku.com)
- Before ‘Hunger Games,’ there was ‘Battle Royale’ (mercurynews.com)