Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park presents Back to School: BATTLE ROYALE.Fast times at the Alamo Drafthouse! This September, the Alamo Drafthouse goes BACK TO SCHOOL We are pleased to announce our monthly programming for September, BACK TO SCHOOL. With that, we have a new issue of BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH., a new montage to play before our films and, most importantly, a whole new month of specialty programming!Before we get to all that fun stuff, a letter from the headmaster...Back to school: even Rodney Dangerfield couldn’t take the sting out of those words when I was a kid. The back to school commercials would start running on TV at the end of July, it seemed, giving kids their first sense of what mortality might be like – the consuming knowledge that not only would all this (summer) end, it would be ending shortly. Now I feel a twinge of nostalgia for the idea of back to school. There’s a lot of possibility packed into the beginning of every new school year – new friends, new love, new experiences and adventures. That’s why I love movies about school, because the best ones really celebrate the possibilities of being young. And the best best ones kind of revel in the joys of being young and stupid.This issue of BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. is all about going back to school, whether it be THE SCHOOL OF ROCK – examined here as a celebration of being fat – or Ridgemont High. School doesn’t just change kids, as we learn when examining the ways KINDERGARTEN COP changed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s image. And the most important moments of our school years don’t always take place at school, which is why we’re going deep this issue into the cars of AMERICAN GRAFFITI. As always there’s more BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. than what can fit on the page. Check out BadassDigest.com for extended versions of some of our articles and for other content that we couldn’t fit.Just remember to bring a Number 2 pencil.BATTLE ROYALE
Director Kinji Fukasaku
Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda and Tarô Yamamoto
Run Time 124minOne of the most controversial Japanese films of the decade!The bona fide cult sensation, BATTLE ROYALE made a big impression on a certain Mr. Quentin Tarantino and definitely served as inspiration, whether Suzanne Collins wants to admit it or not (she won’t), for that other, PG-13 movie about teens brutally offing each other in a Most Dangerous Game of survival, THE HUNGER GAMES.The film has been described as a A CLOCKWORK ORANGE for the 21st century and it’s a well-deserved an interesting comparison. This blood-soaked satire by the late great Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku is the tale of a dystopian society of the ominous, not-too-distant future overrun by teen violence and rebellion. It’s violence is untamed and its humor is blacker than black, much like CLOCKWORK. It was also without a U.S. theatrical run years after its initial 2000 release.In an extreme effort to restore order and curb the country's pesky juvenile delinquent problem, the Japanese government passes an act which sanctions an annual death match. Every year an entire high school class is kidnapped, taken to a remote island, and given three days to kill each other -- leaving just one victor.Whether preppy, bully, nerd, friend or foe, it doesn't matter; it's a wrenching kill-or-be-killed situation.The result is, as expected, shocking and gory as hell. But it's the devilish satirical edge that makes BATTLE ROYALE such a unique, brutal and unforgettable experience.It’s a thrilling, expertly crafted epic featuring a icy, devious performance by the great Japanese actor Beat Takeshi as the military official who orchestrates this circus of carnage.Don’t miss your chance to see this new classic on the big screen!