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Director:
Writers:
Koushun Takami (novel)
Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Their Game, No Rules, No Prisoners See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Shuya Nanahara - otoko 15-ban

Aki Maeda ... Noriko Nakagawa - onna 15-ban
Tarô Yamamoto ... Shôgo Kawada - otoko 5-ban

Takeshi Kitano ... Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)

Chiaki Kuriyama ... Takako Chigusa - onna 13-ban
Sôsuke Takaoka ... Hiroki Sugimura - otoko 11-ban
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
Ryou Nitta ... Kyôichi Motobuchi - otoko 20-ban
Sayaka Ikeda ... Megumi Etô - onna 3-ban
Anna Nagata ... Hirono Shimizu - onna 10-ban
Yukari Kanasawa ... Yûkiko Kitano - onna 6-ban
Misao Kato ... Yumiko Kusaka - onna 7-ban
Hitomi Hyuga ... Yûko Sakaki - onna 9-ban
Satomi Ishii ... Haruka Tanizawa - onna 12-ban
Asami Kanai ... Chisato Matsui - onna 19-ban
Satomi Hanamura ... Yûka Nakagawa - onna 16-ban
Yousuke Shibata ... Mitsuru Numai - otoko 17-ban
Shirô Gô ... Ryûhei Sasagawa - otoko 10-ban
Yuuki Masuda ... Hiroshi Kuronaga - otoko 9-ban
Shigeki Hirokawa ... Shô Tsukioka - otoko 14-ban
Tamaki Mihara ... Izumi Kanai - onna 5-ban
Tomomi Shimaki ... Sakura Ogawa - onna 4-ban
Yasuomi Sano ... Kazuhiko Yamamoto - otoko 21-ban
Shin Kusaka ... Yoshio Akamatsu - otoko 1-ban
Gouki Nishimura ... Tatsumichi Ôki - otoko 3-ban
Shigehiro Yamaguchi ... Toshimori Oda - otoko 4-ban
Osamu Ohnishi ... Yôji Kuramoto - otoko 8-ban
Satoshi Yokomichi ... Tadakatsu Hatagami - otoko 18-ban
Junichi Naitou ... Yûichiro Takiguchi - otoko 13-ban
Tsuyako Kinoshita ... Mizuho Inada - onna 1-ban
Mai Sekiguchi ... Kaori Minami - onna 20-ban
Takako Baba ... Yoshimi Yahagi - onna 21-ban
Haruka Nomiyama ... Mayumi Tendô - onna 14-ban
Ai Iwamura ... Onna no hito - won last Battle Royale
Ai Maeda ... Shiori - Kitano no aijô (voice)
Minami ... Keiko
Michi Yamamura ... Reporter (as Michiko Yamamura)
Suzuka Tonegawa ... Young Mitsuko (in Special Version)
Tarô Suwa ... Middle-aged man (in Special Version)
Reiko Kataoka ... Mitsuko no okâsan (in Special Version)
Takeyuki Hirai ... Soldier
Tomu Asakawa ... Soldier
Yûya Nakahara ... Soldier
Takashi Komori ... Soldier
Ryôta Nakamura ... Soldier
Akihiro Ugajin ... Soldier
Yôichi Murakami ... Soldier
Tsuguharu Niizaki ... Soldier
Jun'ichi Nashiki ... Soldier
Hiroshi Kitagawa ... Soldier
Hideaki Kawashima ... Soldier
Umiji Tasaki ... Soldier
Mitsuaki Tachikawa ... Soldier
Hidetsugu Okumura ... Soldier
Daisuke Yazawa ... Soldier
Nobuki Baba ... Soldier
Naoki Iwasawa ... Soldier
Kôji Tokuhisa ... Soldier
Mikiya Sanada ... Soldier
Kazuhiro Yokokura ... Soldier
Shigeki Homma ... Soldier
Kazuo Araki ... Soldier
Gôshi Matsuhara ... Soldier
Akira Yoshizawa ... Soldier
Kenzô Shirahama ... Soldier
Kanji Okumura ... Soldier
Shôji Takano ... Soldier
Ryôji Sugimoto ... Soldier
Hajime Yoneda ... Soldier
Hideaki Kojima ... Soldier
Nanami Ohta ... Mitsuko no tomodachi (in Special Version)
Ayana Noguchi ... Mitsuko no tomodachi (in Special Version)
Tetsu Masuda ... Kurasu 3A no sensei (in Special Version)
Kazutoshi Yokoyama ... Basketball referee (in Special Version)
Kotaru Kamijou ... Jô Kitô, Basketball player of Class 3-A (in Special Version)
Hirobumi Seki ... Kôsuke Okiyama, Basketball player of Class 3-A (in Special Version)
Kiyoyuki Matsumoto ... Shinichirô Tanaka, Basketball player of Class 3-A (in Special Version)
Gou Ryugawa ... Lieutenant Anjo
Takashi Taniguchi ... Nanahara no otôsan
Ken Nakaide ... Hayashida-san - Kurasu 3B no sensei
Kanako Fukaura ... Basugaido
Yûko Miyamura ... Training Video Girl

Ko Shibasaki ... Mitsuko Sôma - onna 11-ban (as Kô Shibasaki)
Masanobu Andô ... Kazuo Kiriyama - otoko 6-ban
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Snyder ... Kitano (as Ivan Buckley)
Erin Fitzgerald ... Yukie Utsumi / Yumiko Kusaka (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Stephanie Komure ... Mitsuko Souma / Megumi Eto / Training Video Girl / Kayoko Kotohiki (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Stephanie Sheh ... Takako Chigusa (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Spike Spencer ... Yoshitoki Kuninobu (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kaiji Tang ... Shogo Kawada (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
 
Writing credits
Koushun Takami (novel)

Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)

Produced by
Kenta Fukasaku .... producer
Kinji Fukasaku .... producer
Kimio Kataoka .... producer
Chie Kobayashi .... producer
Toshio Nabeshima .... producer
Masumi Okada .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masamichi Amano 
 
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
 
Film Editing by
Hirohide Abe 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Makeup Department
Rena Grady .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Motoki Ishida .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenta Fukasaku .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Yasushi Nakayama .... designer: main title logo
Motomu Takaba .... designer: BR logomark
 
Sound Department
Kunio Ando .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Kikuo Nôtomi .... armourer
Kikuo Nôtomi .... pyrotechnician
 
Visual Effects by
Yoshiaki Nakaichi .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Ai Iwamura .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Yûki Izumi .... technical coordinator: post-production, Battle Royale 3-D
Soichi Satake .... 3D colorist: Battle Royale 3-D
 
Music Department
Masamichi Amano .... conductor
 
Other crew
Makoto Ashikawa .... stand-in
Haruhi Terada .... voice trainer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Batoru rowaiaru" - Japan (original title)
"Battle Royale 3-D" - International (English title) (3-D version)
"Battle Royale: Special Edition" - USA (director's cut)
"Battle Royale: Special Version" - Japan (English title) (director's cut)
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Runtime:
114 min | South Korea:120 min | 122 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie was shot in different locations all over Japan. The one location that was actually a small island was Hachijô-Kojima, an uninhabited island in the Izu chain hundreds of miles south of Tôkyô - it is used in many scenes where the students are seen by the seashore, as well as the shot of the island at the end.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Kitano throws the knife and hits the first girl to die we see the knife land in the middle of her forehead, yet when he kneels down to retrieve the knife he pulls it out of her eye. (In later versions of the film this error was digitally fixed)See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Radetzky MarchSee more »

FAQ

What is the relevance of the girl seen at the beginning of the film?
Is the Battle Royale supposed to symbolise anything or is it just a gore-fest?
Was this film banned in the US?
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180 out of 238 people found the following review useful.
The Best Japanese film I have laid my eyes on, 13 July 2005
Author: hamsterrick024 from United States

I couldn't believe my eyes. Out of all of the horror/survival films I have ever seen, this is definitely on top of the list. I don't just mean that in terms of foreign films, I mean in terms of film. I was immersed into this crazy scenario that may seem absolutely ridiculous at first, but once you look at it, it almost turns into a not so outlandish thought.

The story is laid out like this: Japan has is going down the proverbial crapper. Unemployment is at an all time high and kids everywhere are boycotting school. The country is in chaos. The government decides to pass a law that is basically aimed at scaring the country into order. The Law is called the BR Act. Heres the crazy part. A class is selected by impartial lottery (and the grades seem totally random, as indicated by the shot of the 1st or 2nd grader in the opening sequence) and sent to an undisclosed, evacuated location. The classmates then have 3 days to kill each other off until there is only one student left. This year, it is a class of 9th graders (keep in mind that Japanese kids go to school year round. in our school years, these kids would be seniors). They are sent to an island, given weapons, and fight to survive.

The cast in this film is chock full of Japanese Stars. Kitano Takeshi (Kitano) plays the teacher that basically plays the ringleader. If you have watched spike TV, you have seen him before. This is the actor that plays as "Vic Ramono" on MXC. The rest of the cast is comprised of Japanese teen pop idols. Most notably, the gorgeous Chiaki Kuriyama (Chigusa). You probably know her too. She was Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill Vol 1. Ando Masanobu (Kiriyama) plays the most menacing villain I have ever seen.

Asside from the classic Japanese blood sprays and the amount of ammo some of the guns put out, there is great attention to detail in this film. From what I have read, since the author (Kinji Fukasaku) of the original book directed the film, everything is kept true to the book as close as possible. Every time a student dies, their names appear on the screen in the order they died. Inside the main building, there is huge system of screens that show who is dead and what not. Anyway, that screen is exact on the names as well as the 'danger zone' map. I had to look twice to realize that. That is damn good editing right there.

The characters in the film, though Japanese, can be related right back to the kids you knew in high school. I joke around with my friends all of the time saying, "Oh thats so and so" and, "oh man, that is definitely so and so." This brings so much depth into the film. It is simply amazing to watch how everything plays out. This is like Darwinism in the 21st century. I watch this film just saying, "this is what would happen." That is what the entire film is based on, the crazy idea of 'this could happen.' The whole tag line of the movie is, "could you kill your best friend?" The question is so spooky, I don't even know if I could answer it. It taps into something so deep that you really have to think about it.

This film does have some comical moments. It is just too damn funny to watch Takeshi Kitano sit on a couch and eat cookies while at the same time watching his former pupils kill each other. There is just everything in this movie. There are those love stories that you saw all too often in school as well as those feuds between certain cliques and egos.

If you want a superb psychological thriller, this is the movie. This film sent shock waves across Japan when it burst onto the scene. Intelligent writing, great acting, beautiful locations, and decent effects bring this film together. Its Lord of the Flies with High School Kids. Its just great.

10 out of 10

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