The New Cult Canon: Battle Royale

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The New Cult Canon theme features cult films with mass appeal, inspired by The A.V. Club
Friday, September 18, 2009
10:45pm @ Central Library

The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion.

With The New Cult Canon (how the A.V. Club refers to its collection of film reviews) as its basis, this monthly series concludes with Battle Royale (2000) on Friday, September 18, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

From acclaimed Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku, Battle Royale takes place in an alternate future with Japan in the grip of an insane totalitarian regime. An entire high school class becomes a victim of the government when all 42 students are dumped on an abandoned island and forced to participate in a merciless game of survival – an annual contest mandated by the Millennium Educational Reform Act. The drama focuses on two pacifist teens, Shuya (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Noriko (Aki Maeda), armed with only a pot lid and flashlight as they search desperately for escape from this blood-soaked sociological experiment. Based on the novel by Koushun Takami. In Japanese with English subtitles. Not Rated. (121 min.)

The New Cult Canon film reviews are authored by A.V. Club film editor Scott Tobias, whose weekly articles focus on obscure films kept alive by devout followers, popular movies with special replay value, flawed gems, and movies fashioned for the niche audiences who love them. Tobias describes Battle Royale as “Lord of the Flies meets The Most Dangerous Game meets perhaps the cruelest year of teenage life, which would have a Darwinian quality even without the aid of axes and semi-automatics.”

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Film-goers are welcome to bring pillows and blankets or any preferred seating for this outdoor event. In case of inclement weather the screening will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.