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Battle Royale (2000)
"Batoru rowaiaru" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  16 December 2000 (Japan)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
Sôsuke Takaoka ...
Takashi Tsukamoto ...
Shinji Mimura - otoko 19-ban
Yukihiro Kotani ...
Yôshitoki Kuninobu - otoko 7-ban
Eri Ishikawa ...
Yukie Utsumi - onna 2-ban
Sayaka Kamiya ...
Satomi Noda - onna 17-ban
Aki Inoue ...
Fumiyo Fujiyôshi - onna 18-ban
Takayo Mimura ...
Kayoko Kotôhiki - onna 8-ban
Yutaka Shimada ...
Yûtaka Seto - otoko 12-ban
Ren Matsuzawa ...
Keita Îjima - otoko 2-ban
Hirohito Honda ...
Kazushi Nîda - otoko 16-ban


Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? Written by Prissy Panda Princess

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Although the film played sporadically in the US festival circuit after its release, most American audiences became familiar with it through bootleg or "region-free" international copies. In 2011, American home video distributor Anchor Bay managed to come to a licensing agreement with Toei, and the film began streaming on the American video rental service Netflix. Later that year, Battle Royale had its first general North American theatrical run at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on December 24, 11 years after its Japanese theatrical release. On March 20, 2012, Anchor Bay gave the film and its sequel, Battle Royale II (2003), their first official DVD/Blu-ray release in the US. See more »


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[first lines]
Reporter: This year Zentsuji Middle School number 4's Class E was chosen from among 43,000 Ninth grade classes. This year's game, said to be more blistering than the last - - Oh look there! There she is! The winner's a girl! Surviving a fierce battle that raged two days, seven hours, and 43 minutes - the winner is a girl! Look, she's smiling! Smiling! The girl definitely just smiled!
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A Great Foreign Action Film... And You Gotta Love Chiaki Kuriyama!
28 March 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

Battle Royale, or Batoru Rowaiaru as named in Japan, was a pretty cool Japanese action flick. Most of the special effects were pretty awesome looking, but a few could be considered a bit cheesy, such as the over splattering of blood. Believe it or not, the movie actually had it's funny moments as well. The instructional video from the overly perky girl telling the rules of the death game was a pretty funny bit. Usually the humor from Japanese movies can escape me, but I liked the humor here quite a bit, at least until the action and killing started.

The premise of the movie is that, due to escalating violence in schools, a law is passed which allows the military, or some kind of militia, to take one troubled class and turn them all loose on an island with the object of killing each other until one is standing. They have 3 days to complete their objective or they all die.

As the game begins, every 6 hours there is an update on which classmates were killed and how many were left. These updates also alert the students to danger zones, which are just places you do not want to be when the time comes. The students are all issued a survival pack and a random weapon as well. Some weapons are horrible and useless and some would be great to have in a situation of this kind.

The main characters are Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara) & Noriko Nakagawa (Aki Maeda) who are close friends and refuse to kill each other. The game is also somewhat rigged with the addition of two "ringers". One of whom plays for fun, another who has another reason. Basically, one good and one evil. The good one is named Shougo Kawada (Taro Yamamoto) and helps the students who he does not find a threat. Also, Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill) puts in an amazing performance. I can see why Quentin Tarantino chose her for his movie based on this part here.

Overall, I really liked this movie - violence, action, humor and all with very few complaints or annoyances. I can recommend this movie with a clear conscience. 8.5/10

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