According to Nippon Cinema, BATTLE ROYALE has also been acquired by U.S. distributors Anchor Bay. This could mean that U.S. audiences may have the chance to see the film in 3-D theatrically sometime next year. In addition, Anchor Bay is said to have secured the rights to BATTLE ROYALE II, although this has not been officially confirmed and there is no mention of either film on Anchor Bay’s official website as of yet.
BATTLE ROYALE is set in Japan in the near future, where the government adopts the controversial BR Act in response to the country’s growing problems of crime and juvenile delinquency. Each year, an entire high school class is sent to a remote island where they are forced to kill each other off until only one remains. In order to enforce this policy, students are kept under the watchful eye of Kitano and his armed soldiers, who have fitted each student with a collar which will explode if the individual enters forbidden areas or if more than one survivor remains before the three day time limit is up. Given only minimal supplies, including one random weapon and a map of the island, the students are separated from one another and forced to fend for themselves. Loyalties are tested as former friends become enemies and unlikely alliances are formed in the name of survival.
The film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (BATTLE ROYALE II), Aki Maeda (BATTLE ROYALE II), Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL VOL. 1), Kou Shibasaki (2003’s ONE MISSED CALL), and Takeshi Kitano (VIOLENT COP, BATTLE ROYALE II).
More updates will be posted as information becomes available.