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Battle Royale

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Montreal Premiere

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WINNER: Best Editing, Newcomer of the Year (Tatsuya Fujiwara and Aki Maeda), Awards of the Japanese Academy 2001
WINNER: Best Film, Best New Actor (Tatsuya Fujiwara), Blue Ribbon Awards 2001

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Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Screenplay: Kenta Fukasaku (from Koushun Takami)
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama
Producers: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku, Kimio Kataoka, Chie Kobayashi, Toshio Nabeshima, Masumi Okada
Print Source: Anchor Bay Entertainment



Quiet in the classroom! Pay attention to these lessons because they may save your life. As the new millennium dawns, society is sliding into chaos. Millions have lost their jobs and young people wallow in delinquency. Fearing the explosive potential of the youth, grown-ups sign into being the Battle Royale law. By this law, one high-school class is selected annually to be deposited on a desert island, where they must kill each other off until only one teenager remains. Students, you have been selected to participate in Battle Royale. You must eliminate all your peers, and don’t think of slipping out of this, you only have three days to accomplish your task. Did you notice the nice choker collar you’ve been provided with? It not only allows for you to be tracked electronically, but it also contains an explosive device. Attempt to escape the island and… boom! Try to remove it… boom! And if more than one of you remain alive at the end of three days, well, a “boom!” for each of you. Got it? You are each provided with a schoolbag with an object and a map inside. Study the map because four times a day, danger zones are declared. Be there at the wrong time and… boom! Oh, and pray that your bag contains a machine gun and not some less threatening device because, like in real life, a bad-luck factor exists in Battle Royale. Good luck, and may the best kid win!

After 11 years of waiting, BATTLE ROYALE finally hits the big screen in Quebec! Since its release in 2000, few have come close to matching the transgressive impact of this borderline hazardous cult film in which teenage schoolkids are pitted against one another in a government-sanctioned slaughter under the watchful eye of their teacher. Political correctness has rarely taken so many punches to the face. The great Kinji Fukasaku, director of the masterful BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series (the GODFATHER of Japanese yakuza films), lent his vision to this corrosive tale taken from a hit manga, and created a work widely respected despite its endless, brutal violence between teens. The cast is impressive, with the great Takeshi Kitano as the teacher with a psychopathic streak, and a spread of exceptional young actors including Tatsuya Fujiwara (DEATH NOTE) and Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL), who’ve since risen to the top ranks of Japanese cinema. Here at last is your chance to see BATTLE ROYALE on the big screen, with the wild Fantasia crowd in full midnight-movie mode. It’s gonna go… boom!

—Nicolas Archambault (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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