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Deadman Wonderland Blu-ray Review

Director: Koichi Hatsumi,

Starring: Romi Park, Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Monica Riel, Iori Nomizu, Leah Clark, Junichi Suwabe, Eric Vale

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 18

Deadman Wonderland is a gratuitous mix of everything exploitation cinema. Taking its cues from the likes of The Running Man, Battle Royale, and Death Race, it sees a 14 year-old boy wrongly convicted of massacring his class. Sent to Deadman Wonderland, an amusement park where criminals take part in games, he finds himself fighting for his life and not just his freedom. Hardly an original tale, but the use of such a young protagonist adds an extra bit of sympathy and danger to proceedings that charge the violence to excruciating levels. The show also kicks things into overdrive from the outset which is great for you action junkies, but also means we miss out on a lot humanising early on. Unlucky lead, Ganta, would have really been

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