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Welcome to Harbour Highlights, a monthly series of cult favourites chosen by the Harbour Lights staff. This month we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale, a film whose violent premise – in which teenage school children must battle each other to the death – led to controversy and bans with even the US being denied a release deal until 2012 due to worries of the response. Combine that kind of reputation with the quality of the film itself and you have one of the first true cult films of the '00s.
Visceral, clever and funny, Battle Royale has stood the test of time among its imitators. Revisit the film on the big screen for only £5 Members/£8 Non-Members.