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Today’s screening: Battle Royale (2001)

April 14, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Battle Royale (2001)

In a futuristic Japan threatened by anarchy, the authorities try to maintain order by sending a group of randomly selected, unruly school children to an island where they are forced to fight each other until there is only one survivor left.

Japanese Battle Royale poster

Japanese Battle Royale poster

This cruel annual game is led by Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano, perfectly cast as the sadistic schoolmaster. The vision of veteran director Kinji Fukasaku, inspired by his own trauma as a young man during Word War II, is stark and uncompromising, and his direction is as tight and efficient as in any of his celebrated yakuza movies. A striking film that works both as an exhilarating action movie and a passionate denunciation of the plight of young people forced to commit violent acts by tyrannical elders.

We are delighted to welcome anime expert Helen McCarthy, author of The Anime Encyclopedia, for a Q and A with Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch before the screening.

Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Battle Royale and send it to ladyvengeance [at], marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Japan and Electric Sheep contributor John Berra will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 29 April. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in May. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club.

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL, Prince Charles Cinema 8pm : BATTLE ROYALE

Price: £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Certificate 18
Dir: Kinji Fukasaku, Japan 2001

Wednesday 14th April, 8pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at

Links: Battle Royale pages on wikipedia and the IMDb

In association with avoids industry chit-chat and cheap abuse. The writing is confident and well-informed and the scope encompasses everywhere from Spain to South Korea. It writes about film for people who like film: a classic approach.
New Statesman 01/03/10

Recommended events:

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050 from Wednesday 28th April – Monday 3rd May features a variety of comics panels, on topics such as 60 years of Dan Dare, British Female Manga creators, Comics and film and Marvel UK with guests including Kate Brown, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine, Emma Viecelli, Dez Skinn, Woodrow Phoenix, Garry Leach, Karen Rubins, Dan Abnett, Cyriak Harris and many more. More info at

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010


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