Battle Royale

Battle Royale: The Running Man meets Lord of the Flies. Banned from sale in the United States, this Japanese film tells of a society where youth violence has gotten so out of control that the adults now fear their children. In response, the government has instituted an annual Battle Royale, in which a class is sent to a deserted island with few provisions and a smattering of weapons, killing each other until only one remains: the winner, the lone child to who gets to go home. If more than one remain at the end of three days, the collars around their necks will explode, killing everyone. Basically it’s two hours of children killing children, but I’m still not entirely clear why it was banned here. I liked it for the same reasons I liked Lord of the Flies, but I honestly don’t have any strong feelings about it either way. Maybe I’m just too desensitized.

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