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BATTLE ROYALE
BATORU ROWAIARU
2000, Starz, 114 min, Japan, Dir: Kinji Fukasaku

Director Kinji Fukasaku is revered by a younger generation of Japanese outlaw filmmakers for his pyrotechnic gangster movies, which suggest a methedrine-fueled hybrid of Fuller/Scorsese/Woo with the social conscience of early Visconti. Here he serves up an ultra-controversial, action-packed examination of the institutionalizing of violence, starring screen icon "Beat" Takeshi, that presages THE HUNGER GAMES. Forty-two students are stranded on an island with a weapon and an ultimatum - Kill or be killed. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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