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Battle Royale

Released on 21 January 2002

Featuring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda & Taro Yamamoto

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.

Overseen by a former teacher, (Takeshi Kitano), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance.

Likened to Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' by many critics, this explosive film shocked a nation with its violent portrayal of a society in ruins.
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 "What idiots-we might have all survived."

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Lord of the Flies on Angel Dust would seem the fairest comparison for veteran director Fukasaku's Battle Royale. The surface attraction of school kids culling each other whilst babysat by Beat Takeshi Kitano on a deserted island divides public opinion into disgust and delight.
The violence is graphic and brutal, but who has driven these children to such base levels of depravity? Because children is the correct term we are dealing with. Not monster or villain but child. It is easy to take the tabloid view and demonise an entire generation but the majority only learn what they are taught.
Fukasaku has the foresight for an old man to document the three day battle as a microcosm of human life and the development of the children into the adults they would have become given the chance. Some become murderers, some leaders, some cowards. Others show a capacity for love and compassion, others hatred and loathing.
In short, none should be written off so early in life as they might surprise their supposed elders and betters, and no child should be made to pay for the sins and mistakes of their parents.


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This is indeed one of the best Japanese movies ever made and certainly one of the most famous and well loved Japanese films that you always here about! A very well made movie about a class of school kids all thrown on an island to play for a game of death as the last one standing, the cast is fantastic, the violence is amazing and shocking and overall is a classic movie and must be seen by all. MUST BUY!

 A Masterpiece

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Although this film contains more stronger scenes of violence than rambo 1,2,3 and 4 put together, this is an art house classic.

The violence in this film is totally over the top, but because it is in black and white, the killings seem more artistic rather than horrific.

If this had of been in color, then in some respects, it might have been a bit too much, Battle Royale 2 is in color, but it didn't seem as violent as the first one.

This is the Japanese version of Saw only BETTER.

Once you get through the first killings, this does go into art.

If you have a weak stomach, do not watch this movie, if you haven't seen this before, and into action movies, watch this.

It has to be one of the best forgein films ever and should have been up for an oscar, but due to the violent nature of the film, they wouldn't have had the guts.

Just remember kiddies, this is only a film portrayed by actors/actress so thay are not really dead.

Or are they?...............

 A Japanese Masterpiece

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Battle Royale is in no way a subtle movie, in fact it's the opposite of modest. Up and front here is the plot: a class of 42 students are put on a remote island by their school teacher and the Japanese government to fight to the death. Yeah yeah, it sounds a little lame and sort of over the top but the movie conveys a deeper message then you may think. As the movie progresses, more and more of the students resort to murdering their best friends and classmates in order to survive for themselves, and sometimes just out of pure violent rage. Battle Royale illustrates the compelling nature of hate and violence that lives inside of every human alive; the chilling rage that you and me both possess. Not only that, but a political message is also present in a vague sort of way; in the beginning scene of the movie you are shown a crowd of reporters and people rushing to see the winner of the battle Royal, all eager to see who survived the 3 day long bloodshed; i thought that this showed the thirst for blood modern man has, the urge to witness violence.

The director did a great job at keeping the violence low key (there's not a lot of major gore) but nonetheless capturing it in high intensity; most of the deaths in the movie are very emotional and some of them lightly disturbing. Although some people may laugh or dislike the love stories that are sketched into the film, i thought they were actually touching in a lame Japanese sort of way (no offense to anybody that is Japanese, I simply meant that the vocabulary and choice of words made by the characters are not all entirely American sounding. Another good aspect of the movie is that the acting is mostly genuine in my opinion, and plus all or most of the actors were actually high schoolers.

 the original,the best!!!!

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theres an american film just come out called the condemed,please dont bother with it cuz its a rip off of this classic. wow what an action packed,brutal,well directed,well acted thrill ride.excellent ,original story,just brilliant

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ActorsTatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama & Takeshi Kitano
DirectorKinji Fukasaku
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
Duration1 hour and 53 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.