Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale)
August 16th 2012 01:39
It’s time for the Millennium Educational Reform Act.
Otherwise known as … Battle Royale.
Director Kinji Fukasaku’s pitch-black satire has become a cult classic. Based on the novel by Koushun Takami and scripted by Fukasaku’s son Kenta, Battle Royale (2000) is the plight of teenaged students in a near future where the Japanese government has taken extreme measures, battling for sole survivor position in the revolutionary BR Act.
Death Race 2000 (1975), Logan’s Run (1976), and The Running Man (1987).
As opposed as I am to remakes as a rule, I’m interested by the Hollywood remake set for release in 2015. In Tinseltown terms its modestly budgeted at an estimated $13m. If they make it no-holds-barred, concentrate on a stronger dramatic narrative arc, and release it as a hard-R, or better still an NC-17 (or unrated) with mostly unknowns, we could have a modern exploitation gem on our hands. But chances are it will be released as a PG-13 with the cast of Glee trying to shed their goodie-two shoes image. Still, that’s a class I’d happily see being slaughtered!
Battle Royale DVD/Blu-ray (Director’s Cut) is courtesy of Madman Entertainment – Asian Eye, many thanks!
Here’s the trailer:
subscribe to this blog