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Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 2000

Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Battle Royale

3-4. What emerges really clearly is that these kids could have lived if they stuck together, but that conforming to the system won't necessarily save you. Japanese in spirit, but doesn't really emphasize rebuilding the system, even though it values the right aspect of human social bonding. So it's a bit novel in that respect. It also deftly defies convention in small ways here and there. I really liked it, overall.