On December 13, Arrow Films will be releasing a limited edition of the Asian cult movie Battle Royale, on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Besides high definition versions of both the theatrical and director’s cut, the 3-discs comes jam-packed with yummy extras such as star and director filmpgraphies, two booklets, one comic book, film notes, set clips and much more.
The story in Battle Royale takes place around the new millennium in which Japan’s society is on the brink of total collapse. The unemployment has rises to at an all-time high, and the violence among the nation’s young students is spiraling out of control.
When the school children start to boycott their classes and physically abusing their teachers, the distressed government introduces a bizarre and radical solution to curb the decay – the Battle Royale Act.
The act work like this; a random school class is sedated and taken to a deserted island, where they’re equipped with an exploding necklace and a weapon, before they’re forced to fight each other to the death, until only one remains.
He or she will then be allowed to return, but not as the winner, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government is prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobedience.
After its release in 2000 the clever, creepy and ultra-violent Battle Royale has become a real cult movie, with a current IMDB rating of 7,9. If you haven’t seen it already, this is your chance to enjoy a true jewel in the crown of Japanese Shock Cinema.
You can get your hands on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at Amazon UK here.