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Director:
Writers:
Koushun Takami (novel)
Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 2000 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Could you kill your best friend? 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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A compelling & haunting masterpiece. See more (566 total) »

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:
Ivan Buckley ... Kitano
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)
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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
 
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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Trivia:
In April 2013, seven years after the film was put on the index for youth-endangering media, the film was confiscated by the local court of Fulda, Hesse, Germany. This meant that no one in Germany was allowed to sell the movie and all copies were to be confiscated by the Police. Capelight, the German licensee, appealed the ruling and in October 2013 the court revoked its ruling.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Chigusa attacks Niida, she stabs him in the back, they roll to the floor, and then he tries to run, but she grabs him and screams "Bastard!" However her mouth is shut.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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57 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A compelling & haunting masterpiece., 10 June 2006
Author: stoned_bunnies

Based on a Japanese novel by Koushun Takami, "Battle Royale" is the story of a group of ninth graders who are transported to a small isolated island with a map, food and different arms. They are told to fight each other for three consecutive days until there remains but one student, who will then be named the 'winner'. All students are forced to wear a metal collar with a radar so that their teacher is aware when a rule is being broken.

The film is set in Japan and is in Japanese (and if you do come across a dubbed version, dispose of it immediately because it's only worth it to watch the original). It's hard to classify this film, as despite the extreme violence in it, it isn't action and despite its nightmarish feel, it isn't horror. It's just in between. There are many themes to this story; from to trust to complete selfishness (killing your best friend to save your own life) to suicide to disloyalty, and the list goes on.

The actors in Battle Royale were amazing. It is rare to find young talents like these, for instance, in Hollywood. These actors were by far the best young actors I have seen in all my life (though most of them weren't as young as their characters were). Tatsuya Fujiwara plays the main character, Shuya, a young man who is struck by tragedy when he becomes an orphan. All he has now is his best friend and the girl with whom he is madly in love. Fujiwara did a great job of transmitting the feel of despair that one would probably feel if he/she were to see his best friend die before their eyes, or to have to see classmates killing each other and then to portray that never-ending trust that two lovers share. The other actors all did a generally good job as well.

The first actor I'd like to criticize is Taro Yamamoto, who played the compassionate Shougo Kawada, who helps the protagonist and his girlfriend as the game of Battle Royale goes on. I thought that Yamamoto overplayed the character's casualty and I didn't feel as attached to him watching the movie as I did reading the comic book. The other actor I thought did a terrible job relative to the other actors was Masanobu Ando, who played the haunting character Kazuo Kiriyama, who basically seemed immune to everything. While reading the book, that guy really creeped the sh*t out of me. But in the movie, he just basically did the "undercover" thing and sort of leaped from place to place and tortured and killed people and that was it. You didn't feel anything, and in my opinion, that character was one of the most important so it was pretty disappointing. But putting those two aside, the acting WAS splendid, just as the directing of (sci-fi/Japanese gangster movie director) Kinji Fukasaku was.

I thought that the story was very haunting and compelling, and that you should read the novel or the comic book before watching the movie because just the use of your imagination and attachment to the characters while reading the books is so much more real. I really enjoyed the movie too, though, and would recommend it to anyone who has the stomach for constant shootings, hangings, blowing-up, abandoned corpses and a lot of blood squirting everywhere.

And so if it fits the shoe, rent it out. You probably won't regret it.

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