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BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM

Japan, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Regional Focus)

Director: Fukasaku Kinji

Battle Royale II: Requiem (Batoru Rowaiaru II: Chinkonka) Japan

'Battle Royale II is bigger, bolder and bloodier than the original.'Midnight Eye

Three years after he survived the bloody mayhem in the first Battle Royale 'game', Nanahara, together with fellow escapee, Nakagawa, leads a terrorist unit, Wild Seven. Declaring 'war against every last adult', Wild Seven plans to wreak unrelenting havoc on Tokyo, beginning with the spectacular destruction of a phalanx of skyscrapers. In retaliation and in the name of justice the 'adults' introduce a new game, The Millennium Anti-Terrorism Act, aka Battle Royale II. The 'adults' ferry a group of students off to a military camp to prepare them for the 'game'. Instead of pitting them against each other, as in the original film, the students are ordered to kill the members of Wild Seven. Fitted with explosive collars and divided into pairs'one boy, one girl'This new game has a savage twist: if one of the pair dies, the other's necklace explodes. Let the inferno of angst begin.

D Fukasaku Kinji, Fukasaku Kenta P Endo Shigeyuki S Fukasaku Kenta, Kida Norio WS Toei Company Ltd. L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/133mins

Fukasaku Kinji was born in Mito, Japan in 1930. Films include: Odoshi (1966), War Without a Code (1973), Virus (1979), Battle Royale (2000).

Fukasaku Kenta was born in Japan in 1973. Films: Battle Royale II: Requiem (MIFF 2004).

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