KineJun Best 10 for 2000

Aaron Gerow gerow
Tue Jan 9 21:54:59 EST 2001

>Quality had little or nothing to do with it, as evidenced by the selection
>of Battle Royale, a piece of manipulative, exploitative, morally repulsive
>trash that hits a new low for Toei -- one that, after Pride, I thought they
>would never surpass. What, I have to wonder, were these people thinking?

Well, I don't want to get into a debate over Battle Royale--no time!--but 
I don't think it was as bad as all that.  A shadow of what Fukasaku could 
do 25 years ago, but still packing a few good barbs in Fukasaku's 
continued defense of anarchy against postwar Japan's vision of order and 
authority.  Takeshi helped a lot too.  And even my wife didn't think it 
was that bad.

Did write on it for the Yomiuri, but the review's not in this computer.

Aaron Gerow
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