バトル・ロワイアル: Gratuitous

[Screenshot]Ah, Battle Royale, or, as would have it, Battle Royale with Cheese (of which, it must be said, it has a great deal). Not actually too shocking to be released stateside, just too much of a hassle. Netflix has it, though, so it looks like they’re in the Korean bootleg business. Anyways, I’ve seen it before, but figured it needed to be seen again. It’s so incomprehensible it’s actually gone past bad and come around to good again: the absurd premise, the over-the-top dialogue and drama, Kitano’s bizarre death monologue, and a million plot elements coming out of nowhere. It’s an interesting study in how not to do characterization: when someone’s dying is a bit late to start getting the backstory which makes them an interesting character. The only way to really take it without your brain shutting down is as pure, unadulterated, gratuitous violence. And who doesn’t like that? Also, it’s an opportunity to laugh at how completely fucked up Japanese culture looks from the outside and/or a great way to relax if you’re unfortunate enough to actually have to teach ninth-grade students.

Oh, and, not to poke holes in something that’s obviously ridiculous, but potassium cyanide poisoning doesn’t actually make you vomit blood, I don’t think.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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