Battle Royale
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Written by Kenta Fukasaku

Fukasaku’s fuck you to Survivor culture is to dress Lord of the Flies up with submachineguns in ko gal uniforms, cranking up the boil of hormonal stress and adolescent rage until it supernovas and suppurates in bright, messy soups of ultraviolence. This is everything we wanted to do to that bully who took our lunch money, to the prom queen who stole the boy we loved, to the jock who gets all the girls. This is the pornography of Reality TV. This is our new sociobiological imperative to make entertainment of other people’s miseries. This is blood and guts in high school. * * * * *

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