In this issue: Zach shares his thoughts on the movie Battle Royale.

The film tells the story of Shuya Nanahara, a high-school student struggling with the death of his father, who is forced by the government to compete in a deadly game where the students must kill each other in order to win. The film aroused both domestic and international controversy and was either banned outright or deliberately excluded from distribution in several countries.


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  1. January 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    Matthew, There is an American version of Battle Royale… Kind of. “The Condemned” staring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

  2. gary
    January 7, 2013 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Sounds like a complete ripoff of The Hunger Games…

    • January 7, 2013 at 9:21 am — Reply

      The Battle Royale Novel was published in 1999 with the film arriving in 2000 while The Hunger Games was published in 2008.

      • gary
        January 7, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

        I know ;-) just being a dick…

        • January 7, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

          Well sir, mission accomplished. :)

  3. Vorpal
    January 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    Zach, if you have an I-device, you can get ahold of the battle royale manga for free via the manga storm app. I’ve read it, and both of you are right. It’s both way more violent and far more in-depth with the character development. Mitsuko in particular gets almost an entire book to explain her disturbing backstory. Happy reading!

  4. January 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    For anyone who doesn’t incessantly search through netflix, both BR1 and BR2 are available on Netflix streaming.

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