One thing leads to another. One night last week I watched Kill Bill – both parts. Watching that, and particularly the performance of Chiaki Kuriyama, led me to re-watch Battle Royale which she was in, and which led to Tarantino casting her in Kill Bill. It really is a remarkable film: Lord of the Flies with explosions and guns. I was as impressed with it as I was the first time I saw it, so much so that I made the mistake of re-watching Battle Royale II.
I had forgotten how inferior the sequel was. The plot premise is even sillier than the first one, so much so that it is just about impossible to ‘willingly withhold disbelief’ as my old English teacher always used to urge us to do. On top of that the acting is not so good and in a couple of cases barely even two-dimensional.
Is there any franchise with a greater drop-off than Battle Royale?