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Trailers from Hell Does 'Battle Royale'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 5, 2014 at 11:13AM

This week on Trailers from Hell, Josh Olson takes on Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku's ultra-violent, new cult classics from 2000, "Battle Royale."
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'Battle Royale'
'Battle Royale'

This week on Trailers from Hell, Josh Olson takes on Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku's ultra-violent, new cult classics from 2000, "Battle Royale."

In this controversial career-capping Japanese thriller from director Kinji Fukasaku, middle-school children are rounded up by the government and sent to an island where they're made to compete in a particularly nasty game of hide and seek: each child must kill the other in order to win. The shocking premise and worldwide acclaim led several American distributors to consider releasing it theatrically, but the tragedy of Columbine put an end to that. Bootleg versions became rampant on DVD. It is still banned in Germany. Fukasaku's son Takeshi Kitano directed a 2003 sequel but plans for a US remake have faded largely due to the co-opting of the concept by "The Hunger Games."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.