Gore 2001

Tokyo Teens Flock to Flick--Art Imitates Life?

Lucky thing for Richard Hatch that Survivor didn't cast Japanese teens. In Battle Royale, a film released in December, youthful miscreants are dropped on a deserted island. Each is given a different weapon--assault rifle, machete, crossbow--and ordered to kill until only one is left standing. Bloodshed--lots of it--ensues. Education Minister NOBUTAKA MACHIMURA had urged the filmmakers to tone down the brutality, while members of parliament sought to ban the film. The bluster led to long lines outside theaters two days before its premiere. As Japan has seen a rash of violent youth crimes recently, the film hits close to home: the...

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