'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

Jun 7, 2014

'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

by Andrew Lee

I should probably start this review with somewhat of a disclaimer. About 10 years ago — not long after Kinji Fukasaku’s film adaptation of Koushun Takami’s controversial novel “Battle Royale” became a cult hit overseas — I bought a screen-printed poster from a London-based ...

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

Jun 7, 2014

Battle Royale: Angels' Border

by Andrew Lee

Among all the violent death scenes in “Battle Royale,” there’s one that stands out: the lighthouse shootout that leaves a group of schoolgirls lying dead in a pool of blood. It’s a tragic, senseless event that proves that given the right mix of fear, ...

Kids with guns on film, blasting at the culture gap

Mar 22, 2013

Kids with guns on film, blasting at the culture gap

by Mark Schilling

Contemporary Japanese films are often extremely violent; the lives of ordinary Japanese, much less so. According to a multinational study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Japan’s homicide rate in 2009 was 0.4 per 100,000 population, for a total of ...