• Takeshi Kitano (back turned) oversees the battle proceedings.

On Friday and Saturday at midnight, the Chicago Cinema Society will present Kinji Fukasaku’s cult favorite Battle Royale (2000) at the Logan Theater. Along with the venue’s recent participation in the International Music & Movies Festival, this marks an encouraging development for the newly reopened Logan—proof that the management is working to showcase movies that aren’t playing elsewhere in Chicago (according to the Cinema Society website, the theater intends to arrange further such events with the group). I’ve never been a fan of Battle Royale—along with Black Lizard (1969), it indulges in a kitschy side of Fukasaku’s filmmaking a bit too often for my taste—but I appreciate the effort to screen it in a theater, where its expertly staged gross-out effects should have the maximum effect.