Batoru rowaiaruJapan: Kinji Fukasaku, 2000
Undoubtedly, one of my biggest world cinema genre flick omissions! Happy to say I loved the bonkers 'Lord of the Flies' meets RUNNING MAN vibe. As well as being a real blast in the action department the film does manage to get you interested enough to want to find out how it is all going to pan out for Kitano.
Major hIghlight of the film is the inspired use of classical music to accompany the mighty bitch Mitsuko's demise. BATTLE ROYALE is clearly an influence on Tarantino (especially casting of GoGo Yubari in KILL BILL) and the upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES but nothing will quite match the dizzying carnage of the original.
The Count's Verdict: A barmy bloodbath that keeps getting better and better throughout.