ERLIN — Bloodhounds will lick their lips experiencing the re-launch of Kinji Fukasaku’s trendsetting Battle Royale (2000) with 3D effects, which basically make the splatter scenes gorier and stickier. Widespread familiarity with the work ensured early sales to most major international territories at AFM.
The digital conversion was overseen by Fukasaku’s son Kenta, who wrote the screenplay and also directed Battle Royale 2. As the first undertaking of its kind in Japan, there are pros and cons. The film that pioneered the concept of the teen death game still retains its raw visceral power and its provocative take on the clash between adulthood and youth, despite or precisely because of numerous spin-offs (lead actor Tatsuya Fujiwara starred in two of them: Kaiji and The Incite Mill). The downside is that since it was not made with 3D technology in mind, only certain actions or objects were suitable for conversion. So do not expect the non-stop and super-realist effects you see in Avatar.