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Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 2000

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Battle Royale

For all you scholars researching the roots of Japan's slow-motion demographic disaster, urtext alert: this one's for you--feast your eyes. Also cover them; things are going to get gross fast. Just how riveting, winningly goofy, dreamily thoughtful and unexpectedly moving could this post-Lord of the Flies, pre-Hunger Games satire of the vagaries of humanity in extremis possibly be, you may ask? Roughly, lots.