The Watching Hour: Battle Royale
Japan, 2000, 114 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Action/Adventure, Coming of Age, Foreign, Horror, Social Issues
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles
HD Digital presentation - One of the most controversial films in history, now available for the first time ever in America! 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. Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (BOILING POINT, BROTHER) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time.
DIRECTOR: Kinji Fukasaku
Principal Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama
US Distributor: Anchor Bay