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Trailers from Hell Does ‘Battle Royale’

Trailers from Hell Does 'Battle Royale'

This week on Trailers from Hell, Josh Olson takes on Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku’s ultra-violent, new cult classics from 2000, “Battle Royale.”

In this controversial career-capping Japanese thriller from director Kinji Fukasaku, middle-school children are rounded up by the government and sent to an island where they’re made to compete in a particularly nasty game of hide and seek: each child must kill the other in order to win. The shocking premise and worldwide acclaim led several American distributors to consider releasing it theatrically, but the tragedy of Columbine put an end to that. Bootleg versions became rampant on DVD. It is still banned in Germany. Fukasaku’s son Takeshi Kitano directed a 2003 sequel but plans for a US remake have faded largely due to the co-opting of the concept by “The Hunger Games.”

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Columbine happened in 1999, before this film was even made.

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