Posted on 1/11/13 09:10 PM
A sort of "Clockwork Orange" mixed with "Lord of the Flies", Battle Royale is an unrestrained, disturbing, and grisly experience that successfully deconstructs the nature of violence while at the same time boasts an emotionally powerful side. All the acting is solid in the film, especially Takeshi Kitano as Kitano, who knocks it out of the park. Some may be turned off by the prospect of viewing this film (you have to actually read english subtitles, God forbid) but I promise that Battle Royale is a rewarding experience, and one that you won't soon forget.
Also, while debating over whether or not The Hunger Games is better, I'll say this: Battle Royale doesn't tone down its violence or subject matter in anyway, while The Hunger Games does this in order to mantain a PG-13 audience. So I prefer BR.