Some consider it the best Japanese film of all time (we don’t, but it’s certainly on our top lists) but certainly it’s one of the most controversial the country has ever produced, Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 film Battle Royale finally gets its first ever North American theatrical run and a few lucky VCinema listeners will be able to win free tickets!
First a little about the film’s run:
The most controversial Japanese film of the millennium comes to The Cinefamily over the extended Xmas weekend in its first North American theatrical run EVER! In a Clockwork Orange for the 21st century, the late, great Japanese auteur Kinji Fukasaku tackles the anti-authoritarian Battle Royale — a gorefest with a purpose, an astonishing opus of teen rebellion, generation-gap satire and gleeful bloody anarchy.
Seasoning the time-honored “Most Dangerous Game” scenario with an adults vs. teens twist, Fukasaku tells the dystopian tale of a depressed society run rampant with teen violence, as the government decides to tame insubordinate youngsters by shipping entire 9th-grade classes to a remote island for the ultimate test in survival. Whether goody-goody or troublemaker, the kids must prepare to kill or be killed. Shocking, hilarious and as thrilling as any classic Spielberg or Scorsese epic, it is one of the most incredible and explosive action films of the last few decades, made even better by a devious, ice-cold performance of a lifetime by Beat Takeshi (one of Japan’s greatest movie stars). Withheld from U.S. distribution since its original release in 2000 due to its disturbing teen-on-teen carnage, Battle Royale will blow you away.
Saturday, December 24th:2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Sunday, December 25th: 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Monday, December 26th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Tuesday, December 27th: 3:30pm
Wednesday, December 28th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Thursday, December 29th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Friday, December 30th: 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pm
Sunday, January 1st: 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Monday, January 2nd: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
All Tickets – $10/free for Cinefamily members, but four lucky VCinema readers can win a pair of tickets for either the Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7:30pm or Thursday, Dec. 29, 7:30pm showing. All you have to is submit the correct answer to the following trivia question:
Which Battle Royale actress impressed Quentin Tarantino so much that he cast her as a morning star-wielding femme fatale in Kill Bill Volume 1?
Submit your answer along with your choice of screening date to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “LIFE IS A GAME!” and you will be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets for that date. The deadline for this contest is Tuesday, December 27th at 11:50PM PST so enter as soon as possible for your chance to win.