Despite this year marking the 10th anniversary of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale being released, the film has never actually been released Stateside. Until now. The cult hit has been circulated through conventions and bootlegs for year, but the film has never officially come out in any capacity due to issues with the subject matter. In a post-Columbine cinematic landscape, a dark parable about a high school class being forced to murder each other for population control purposes wasn’t really okay with a lot of people.
About three years ago there were rumblings of an American remake that never came to fruition, but now Anchor Bay has picked up the rights to distribute both the original and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem.
For those of you unfamiliar, the trailer for the first film, which was an adaptation of a 1999 novel by Koushun Takami: