Battle Royale (UK)
Could You Kill Your Best Friend?
Running Time: 109 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
Content Type: Movie
At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployemnt is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation`s youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.
Overseen by a former teacher, Kitano (`Beat` Takeshi), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance.
Likened to Stanley Kubrick`s A Clockwork Orange by many critics, this explosive film shocked a nation with its violent portrayal of a society in ruins.
Star and Director Filmographies
Original Theatrical Trailer
Mark Wyatt Film Notes
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Japanese
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