Battle Royale 3D
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A long-unavailable underground hit that anticipated The Hunger Games novels by eight years, veteran director Fukasaku's epically violent, still-controversial and deeply influential genre masterpiece takes place in a dystopian alternate universe. In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of its 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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb."
‑ Eric Hynes, Village Voice
"Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Battle Royale is a masterpiece of mayhem, violence and unfettered teen melodrama."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Awful deaths (and hysterical reactions to them) punctuate declarations of love and friendship, revelations of treachery and heavily armed expressions of angst."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"A gloriously entertaining ride, provided you have a taste for dark material and don't mind the occasional poke in the ribs."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Battle Royale's dystopia reflects a hyper-tech Japan still deeply concerned with social cohesion and the value-gaps between the generations. It's the disturbingly dark social frame, not its bloody canvas, that makes this a battle worth watching."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Battle Royale is The Hunger Games not diluted for young audiences."
‑ Alexandra Cavallo, Boston Phoenix
"Forgive the film its small flaws of histrionic performances and cheap execution for the giddy rush of its banal, Verhoevenesque atmosphere..."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as 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
"A wonderfully exciting, incredibly idiosyncratic actioner."
‑ , Film4
"Fukasaku's set pieces are dynamic, composed and edited with a neatness that is missing from the shaky-camera esthetic of the movie's successor, 'The Hunger Games.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Pitched with the insatiable verve of a TV game show and the vacant regret of a Grand Theft Auto videogame."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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