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IsleOfCinema Presents – BATTLE ROYALE

BATTLE ROYALE up on the big screen where it belongs! In Austin!

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Austinites rejoice! Spearheaded by our very own IsleOfCinemite Rockie [@RockieWarAntz], IOC is proud to present a very special treat for fans of fantastic film in Central Texas! April 25th, 2013 – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

As many of you already know, ‘s Battle Royale (2000) – the GREATEST movie of the 21st Century – was never shown theatrically in the U.S. of A. This travesty is now being corrected, and here’s your chance to see this masterpiece as it was intended – with a crowd of fans in a packed freakin’ theater!

I’ll spare you more superlatives because there is simply nothing I can say to do this movie justice. All you need know is that it is the culmination of one of the finest directorial careers of all time, that rare cinematic beast that satisfies heart, mind, soul – and hunger for action! I’m serious – if Luis Buñuel, Seijun Suzuki, Jack Hill, Peter Jackson, Samuel Fuller, Steven Spielberg, Álex de la Iglesia, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Dante, Brian DePalma and several more of your favorite filmmakers (and some you never heard of) had a celluloid baby this would be it. THIS WOULD BE IT! Or forget all those names and just know that it’s a goddamm Kinji Fukasaku film!

So gather all ye Austinites! If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams‘ Lost, if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games (nobody’s judging), of The Running Man (1987), if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Flies, Lord of IllusionsLord of the Dance, Traci Lords – hell if you possess a set of eyes in your skull –


And check out a great scene from the movie, previously featured here !

We need your asses in the seats to make this happen! So go sign up to see it now! April 25th, 2013 – but you have until the 18th to purchase tickets!

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April 1, 2013   1 Comment

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!!!


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April 18, 2012   1 Comment

Japanese Goodness – BATTLE ROYALE

BATTLE ROYALE is Kinji Fukusaku’s final film, and a testament to his stature as one of the greatest directors of all time.

Fukasaku‘s diverse career saw him directing some amazing gangster movies (The Yakuza Papers pentalogy, Graveyard of Honor, Street Mobster) campy sci-fi MST3K fodder (The Green Slime, Message from Space), artsy dramas (Under the Flag of the Rising Sun, Black Rose Mansion) and stylish 1980’s Sword and Sorcery flicks (Samurai Reincarnation, Legend of the Eight Samurai), but this Lord of the Flies-like masterpiece might be the best of the bunch. Based on the novel by Koshun Takami, it’s the tale of a class of Japanese high-schoolers randomly selected to participate in a kill-or-be-killed, state sanctioned reality show, in which they’re dumped on an island with 3 days to kill each other using randomly distributed weapons. And though the film satisfies the visceral promise which comes with such a premise, it is also a lyrical movie about hopes, dreams, fears, and identity – with the looming violence serving to punctuate the goings-on. Every character – from the geeky math nerd muttering about getting into college while holding a crossbow on his classmates to the athletic runner who uses the game to avenge sexual innuendo to the sadistic students who have actually chosen to participate – is three dimensional and compelling, and you find yourself rooting for even the least-likable kids. Each student overflows with the promise of youth, a promise we know will be squashed, if not by the insane game they’ve found themselves playing then by the one they hope to return to – normal Japanese society. Beautifully shot, with superb acting (Takeshi Kitano especially), it’s one of those larger than life man-versus-society films, like One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Clockwork Orange and Cool Hand Luke – in other words, it’s a freakin’ classic, and the fact it was never released in North America is nothing less than a travesty.

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