Day 64, Movie 96: Battle Royale (Theatrical)
Boy, do I love me some Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano. From his comedy stuff all the way to Outrage Coda - this dude just has that indescribable thing. He is one of the few actors that is interesting while still, because his face tells you everything that you need to know.
I can’t recall the first movie of his that I watched. It is probably Fireworks, but it could have been Violent Cop. It doesn’t matter. He is fantastic and gives this movie a soul inside of all of the teenage melodrama. Great melodrama, but melodrama nonetheless.
Even if you haven’t seen this movie - you know the plot. A bunch of kids are put on an island and kill each other off until only one is left. You know, that old trope.
I know that I took up a good portion of this with Takeshi Kitano, but - even after all of these years - the movie is still amazing. It is horrific, bloody, funny and beautiful.
This is Kinji Fukasaku’s last completed film. He directed the game Clock Tower 3 and did some work on Battle Royale II, before he died, but this the last full-on Kinji Fukasaku film. Check out Graveyard of Honor and watch the Miike remake for two takes on the same material. Kinji is pretty rad. Graveyard is a really good starting point, too.
What does the above mean, monkey boy? Well, if you have never watched this, then check it out. If you have, then watch it again. I think I may have deeper appreciation for it now than I did in my twenties. Good stuff, Maynard.