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Battle Royale

In Theatre : December 16, 2000
Director(s): Kinji Fukasaku

One of the most shocking and controversial films in recent Japanese cinema. A high school class has been chosen to be in a "Battle Royale," a fatal game, because of their disrespect, sloth and violence. Thinking they are about to enjoy a field trip, a class of 9th graders calmly boards a bus that brings them face-to-face with the worst instincts of mankind.

 Director Kinji Fukasaku decided, at the age of 70, to make a film warning young people not to trust adults. The message may be obvious, but its delivery is chilling. It's a nightmare teenage version of "Survivor," a deadly game with no talk show appearances awaiting the victor. And your host for the carnage is the stone-faced Takeshi Kitano, a past teacher of the students. Kitano explains the rules.

Each student is given a backpack with minimal supplies and one weapon (some of which appear completely useless). They are given a limited time to kill each other off; failure to do so will result in their own termination, via bomb-enabled collars affixed to their necks. The disbelieving teens are shocked into action when Kitano demonstrates the deadly force of the neck collars, and the murdering quickly begins. Some students band together, some try to figure out how to avoid killing anyone, and some give in eagerly to their basest instincts in order to exact revenge.

The question changes from "Who will survive?" to "Who wants to, when the price is so high?" There is a lot of violence in the film, however theatrically displayed. The film extracts the problems of modern Japanese society, of adults and of children. Another challenge and reason for Takeshi Kitano!

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Battle Royale Review by Googopqp

In the near future Japan's economy will hit an all time low, and people will be stuggling. Students boycotting school and have lost all respect for anyone but themselves. So the government puts in place an act called the...
Battle Royale Review by zomcom

Brutal,I thought I'd never see anything like this in my life.The story:At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is Ina a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nations youth...
Battle Royale Review by jmh314

What would you do if you were handed a weapon and told to kill all your friends or you yourself will die?  I am sure many people would say "oh I'd kill all those fuckers" but I'd say it's not that easy for everyone....
Battle Royale Review by Goon

This movie is definetly in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. It contains everything a great horror film needs. Suspense, terror, action, violence, and lots of blood. The reason this movie is so unsettling is perhaps ...
Battle Royale Review by rerj73

    This film has been reviewed here before, but it deserves to be again brought to the attention of readers of this site.  Unlike the all-too-common creepy kid in the haunted house scare films that J...
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