Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided with arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing.
Criticised as violent exploitation when first published in Japan - where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller - BATTLE ROYALE is a LORD OF THE FLIES for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.
Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, BATTLE ROYALE is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic.
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