Battle Royale is Hitting the Big Screen in the US! You Really Need to Be There!

Because, you know, I probably won’t. Damn it. Oh, well. That’s what happens when you live in a cinematically challenged Midwestern town. But, I digress. However, if you’re one of the lucky individuals who lives in one of the cities listed below, you should probably crawl out of the basement for a few hours and take in a screening of Kinji Fukasaku’s classic “Battle Royale”. Isn’t it funny that, after all these years of waiting patiently for a proper North American release, the film will hit theaters just in time for “The Hunger Games”? Very funny, indeed.

Unfamiliar with “Battle Royale”? Then you should read this:

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives–or they all die. The movie focus on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mistuko, while others like the heroes of the movie–Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada–are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and classmates to survive?

Now that you’re familiar with the concept on virtual paper, perhaps you should take a look at the trailer embedded below. Those aforementioned screening dates are below. The home video release, which includes a badass 3-disc box set packed with all sorts of movie-related goodies, hits retail shelves on March 20th, 2012. Blu-ray, thou shalt be mine.




Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin – Madison on February 24th

Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinema from February 24th through February 25th

Spokane, WA: Magic Lantern on March 2nd

Portland, OR: Hollywood Theater from March 2nd through March 3rd

Winchester, VA: Alamo Drafthouse from March 8th through March 9th

Minneapolis, MN: Landmark Lagoon 5 from March 9th through March 10th

Tucson, AZ: Loft Cinema 2 from March 9th through March 15th

Providence, RI: Arkham Film Fest on March 10th

Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Center on March 10th

Cambridge, MA: Brattle Theater on March 11th

Seattle: Northwest Film Forum on March 11th

Denver, CO: Denver Film Center from March 16th through March 17th

Austin, TX: Alamo Drafthouse from March 16th through March 18th, with additional screenings on March 20th

Houston, TX: Alamo Drafthouse on March 18th

Philadelphia, PA: The Philadelphia Film Society/The Trocadero on March 19th

Seattle, WA: The Egyptian Theater from March 23rd through March 24th

Washington, DC: E Street Landmark from March 30th through March 31st

Dallas, TX: Inwood Theater from April 6th through April 7th

San Francisco, CA: The Castro Theater on April 13th

Seattle, WA: SIFF Cinema from April 20th through April 26th

Columbus, OH: 28th Annual Ohio Science Fiction Marathon on April 21st

Columbus, OH: Drexel Theater from April 22nd to an undetermined date

New York, NY: IFC Center on April 22nd

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago on May 24th

Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin – Madison on February 24th

Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinema from February 24th through February 25th

Spokane, WA: Magic Lantern on March 2nd

Portland, OR: Hollywood Theater from March 2nd through March 3rd

Winchester, VA: Alamo Drafthouse from March 8th through March 9th

Minneapolis, MN: Landmark Lagoon 5 from March 9th through March 10th

Tucson, AZ: Loft Cinema 2 from March 9th through March 15th

Providence, RI: Arkham Film Fest on March 10th

Huntington, NY: Cinema Arts Center on March 10th

Cambridge, MA: Brattle Theater on March 11th

Seattle: Northwest Film Forum on March 11th

Denver, CO: Denver Film Center from March 16th through March 17th

Austin, TX: Alamo Drafthouse from March 16th through March 18th, with additional screenings on March 20th

Houston, TX: Alamo Drafthouse on March 18th

Philadelphia, PA: The Philadelphia Film Society/The Trocadero on March 19th

Seattle, WA: The Egyptian Theater from March 23rd through March 24th

Washington, DC: E Street Landmark from March 30th through March 31st

Dallas, TX: Inwood Theater from April 6th through April 7th

San Francisco, CA: The Castro Theater on April 13th

Seattle, WA: SIFF Cinema from April 20th through April 26th

Columbus, OH: 28th Annual Ohio Science Fiction Marathon on April 21st

Columbus, OH: Drexel Theater from April 22nd to an undetermined date

New York, NY: IFC Center on April 22nd

Chicago, IL: University of Chicago on May 24th

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