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Monday, April 07, 2008

DVD Watch: Battle Royale

Battle Royale is one of those things that is easier to just watch than have explained to you. Short version - it's a Japanese horror action flick with high school kids killing each other off in a three day struggle to be the last man standing and, hence, be allowed to leave the island.

OK, I guess it actually isn't that hard to explain. It's not like we're talking about Memento here or anything, it's pretty straightforward. What's hard to explain is why that's something you might actually want to watch. While it's certainly not Shakespeare, it's gritty and original with that dash of camp which makes so many of these movies more fun than you think they should rightfully have the right to hold.

I can recommend it, with the caveats that you walk in realizing that it's a bit odd and quite bloody.


Thomas said...

For what it's worth, the book is actually quite good, although it's even more sadistic than the film.

Jeffool said...

Definitely a fun watch. I've not read the novel or the manga. I believe the manga was first, though?