One of the great ancillary effects of the popularity of The Hunger Games is the renewed exposure it is generating for the certified classic, Battle Royal. The Japanese film is a bit over a decade old and has grown a huge international following, yet it never really broken out overseas.
Hopefully that will change now that the film is getting it’s first US official Blu-Ray release. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Battle Royal here is the official synopsis:
In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.
To celebrate the new release we have two new clips from the impending blu-ray set. The first clip is from the film itself and showcases some of the harsh brutality of the film. Keep in mind this is a red band clip, but for those of you who are on the fence this should help convince you. The second showcases behind the scenes footage of that same scene, giving you a sense of how deep the extras content truly goes.
The Blu-Ray set hits March 20th and you can check out the clips after the jump.
Battle Royal is a crazy movie, it pushes the limits violent, gory action involving school kids, while maintaining an artistic integrity that has won it so many fans. Few films can do what Battle Royal did and get away with it, and therein lies it’s genius.