Director: Kinji Fukasaku
With: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yukihiro Kotani, Takeshi Kitano, Aki Maeda
One of legendary Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku's last films, Battle Royale (2000) is an awesome, ultraviolent near-future tale of a government gone crazy. Each year, officials round up a herd of young teenagers and have them battle each other to the death. It's fitting for the times: the introduction explains that an economic crisis has put millions out of work and driven everyone to desperation.