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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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Yôshitoki Kuninobu - otoko 7-ban
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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
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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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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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What is the point!!??
11 October 2007 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

What is the point!!?? The premise of this movie is that in a not so far away future Japan will have a serious unemployment issue and 800.000 students feeling that there is no future for them start to boycott school and authorities are afraid of rebellion.

Sounds good so far? Wait for it … Teenage rebellion is a great topic, we only have to look around us to see lost and broken children, apply this to a crumbling society and there is potential havoc.

Them what do the authorities decide to do? They will randomly choose a class of 40 9th graders put them in an island somewhere and make the fight it out until one remains. Yes, I said randomly, no matter if you are a great student, perfect attendance you can still be drafted to this island … you have to wonder why these teens are so upset. Go figure.

Even if killing 40, random students out of 800.000, rewarding the most violent and traitorous of them could have some deterrent affect on the rest of the student population … first they had to know about it and every single student in that class seamed surprised to hear of this BRact (bet you next time they'll read the fine print in their registration form).

Technically the film is not so bad, very good photography, competent music and sound track, good editing to. There is a mix of actors ranging from the very good to the "thank God he died so I don't have to see his acting again).

Despite the actors effort the characters are poor, with 1 or to exceptions we know nothing about them, what makes them run … or fight … or just scream scared.

In short if you are looking for a gore/slash movie and you have nothing better to do go for it. But if you are looking to get an insightful look at society and teenagers … there is no point.


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