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Keita Ohara 3/1/11
At some point this year the ultra violent Japanese film Battle Royale will finally see a US release eleven years after the original movie. In a post Columbine world, kid on kid violence has become a very touchy topic. The movie focuses on a group of kidnapped Japanese high school students brought to an island to kill each other as part of the government’s brutal Battle Royale Act. If the media ranted over Skins’ US remake, imagine their reaction when Battle Royale comes out here.
An incredible film, famed director Quentin Tarantino’s favorite in fact, nonetheless, many wonder how American audiences will handle a movie this graphic involving fifteen year olds committing murder. That being said, the film received an R15 rating in Japan, meaning that no one under the age of 15 can watch the film. If fifteen year olds in another country can watch it, why shouldn’t we? After seeing the movie, I can see why some people were concerned, but honestly, far more violent and disturbing movies have come out here without any problems.
New Line Cinema even wanted to do a remake in 2006; unfortunately the Virginia Tech massacre occurred in 2007, causing New Line to cancel the movie. While I’m glad that American producers didn’t have a chance to mutilate and cash in on the movie, it’s disappointing that US audiences have been deprived of such an incredible film.
Though one might argue that US audiences could watch the movie online, they’d not only have to know where to look, but also what to look for. Without mainstream exposure, this hidden gem would stay undiscovered.
Not for the faint of heart, this is still a must see for fans of action and horror flicks alike.