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Staff Picks: Battle Royale (2000)

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (NR, 122 min.)


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

7:00 PM

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. The Staff Picks series is Free for Members.

August's pick was made by Emma England.
"I chose 'Battle Royale' for the Staff Picks series because it can draw in both film buffs as well as folks who like to watch movies simply for the sake of watching a movie. On one hand it's a stylized, gory, cheesy, and fun dystopian flick; on the other, it is a commentary on how political power can be wielded, violence in Japanese youth culture, and the generational gap."
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In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.
[Anchor Bay Films]

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Language: Japanese
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller

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"This isn't a film you'll forget easily."

— Kim Newman,Empire Magazine

"Races along with the swift, brutal precision of a samurai sword cutting through cotton."

— Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness

"Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score."

— Sara Stewart, New York Post

"[Fukasaku's] genius is finding the overlap between teenage dreams and nightmares, between the intensity of first love and the terror of extinction."

— Eric Hynes, Village Voice

"Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films."

— Robert Koehler, Variety

"This is a heart-stopping action film, teaching us the worthy lessons of discipline, teamwork, and determination, but wrapping them up in a deliberately provocative, shockingly violent package."

— Jason Korsner,