BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.3719@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20120525T000000Z DTEND:20120525T000000Z DESCRIPTION:The folks behind <em>The Hunger Games</em> denied like hell tha t they were inspired by Kinji Fukasaku&rsquo\;s 2000 transgressive bloodba th <em>Battle Royale</em> \, in which teenage boys and girls from a ninth- grade class are plopped down on an island and forced to fight one another to the death. Fer sher. In any case\, the IFC Center and Anchor Bay are ta king gleeful advantage of the HG phenomenon to give <em>Battle Royale</em> its overdue New York theatrical premiere. Frightened\, bewildered\, still in their school uniforms\, these kids shoot and hack one another to piece s&mdash\;with lots of arterial spray&mdash\;while oddball Japanese actor-a uteur Takeshi Kitano watches with grim satisfaction. It&rsquo\;s Quentin T arantino&rsquo\;s favorite movie. SUMMARY:Battle Royale URL:/en/events/2012/05/25/battle-royale/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR