Let me begin with a quick rundown for those of you who have yet to be blessed by Battle Royale is (the rest of you skip down to the next paragraph). Directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Without Honor or Humanity) and based on a pretty good novel by Koushun Takami, Battle Royale is an infamous 2000 dystopic sci-fi take on Lord of the Flies by way of reality television, about a class of school kids who are forced to murder one another until there’s only one survivor. It stars Beat Takeshi as their teacher/the show’s host as well as Chiyaki Kuriyama, more recognizable to Western audiences as Go-Go Yubari in Kill Bill. There’s a misconception that the film is banned in the US — it’s not. In the wake of Columbine no distributor wanted to touch the thing until now, even though the manga came out here a few years ago.
After years of relying on bootleg copies, we’re finally in luck: Anchor Bay is finally bringing the film to the United States, first with a brief theatrical release of, uh, post-converted 3D version in 2011, according to Tokyo Graph, with a DVD release following soon after. I don’t see the point of a 3D Battle Royale at all, but for a lot of fans this will be a cool chance to see the movie on the big screen, which is cool even if you have to wear goofy sunglasses.