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Battle Royale ( Blu-ray )

At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment 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 beleaguered and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act. Overseen by a former teacher, Kitano (Takeshi Kitano), 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 disobedience. 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.

Year: 2000
Genre: Cult Films / After Dark, Japanese Cinema, Asia Extreme, Director's Cut, Black Humour, Blu-ray Discs, Action
Country: Japan
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Masanobu Ando, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama
Duration: 121 Minutes
Rating: R18 - Violence and horror
Subtitles: Yes
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