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Brad Smith
July 5th, 2005, 06:25 AM
Just finished watching the Japanese film, Battle Royale. In the not-to-distant future, a fascist, dystopian Japanese government--it's hinted that the government is propped up and prodded by the Americans--sends teenagers to a remote island, where the kids have to fight to the death. the last one left alive can go home.

Takami Kōshun wrote the original novel, and the film does stray from the original source material. But, the movie is great, nonetheless. You watch high friends and lovers turn on one another, cliques breakdown into vicious infighting . . . I say find this movie and watch it. There's a sequel, which I bought as well. Survivors of the first film for a "terrorist" cell and declare war on the government and adults. In fact, opening scenes of the movie have 9/11-style attacks on Tokyo buildings on Christmas Day, killing some 8,000 people.

And Tokyo thought Gojira was bad . . . .

It's subversive as hell--and I love it.

For more info: www.battleroyalefilm.net

July 5th, 2005, 07:36 AM
I enjoyed the first movie and have browsed the original manga sources ... It was a modern classic, and a pefectly self-contained indictment of the japanese educational system.

Which is really lucky considering what a lame duck the second movie was, with its crude anti-americanism and perverse take on the politics of terror.

July 5th, 2005, 08:24 AM
The first film is pretty dark and gruesome, and certainly compulsive viewing. I had heard however that the second film sucked. Such a shame when they take a great film and then make a sequel not worthy of tying the original's boot laces. :(

July 8th, 2005, 10:33 AM
The second film did suck, and the first was a little more gruesome than I normally like, but I just love disutopian films, so I was really into it.

July 10th, 2005, 09:23 AM
First film is of a very high class. Never really bothered with the magna series (like anime, never really got into magna).

Sequal - good intentions but a little messy. Started off being directed by the director of the first film but he then passed away and it job was taken by his son. It is worth a watch, it's not an example of style over substance as I've heard some critics say, it's more of a class that it gets bogged down with it's ideals about terrorism.