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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 »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The characters from the anime/manga series "Slam Dunk" (1993) appear as icons used by the hackers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before Kawada reveals the picture of him and Keiko, we can see its outline from behind, and it shows a different couple.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Blue Danube WaltzSee more »

FAQ

Is the Battle Royale supposed to symbolise anything or is it just a gore-fest?
Was this film banned in the US?
What is the relevance of the girl seen at the beginning of the film?
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510 out of 665 people found the following review useful.
It's been two years since I saw this flick. What do I think?, 15 January 2003
Author: Manji from Canada

Kinji Fukasaku made a film called Battle Royale back in 2000. He's made plenty of films in the past. I've seen very few of them, apart from Battle Royale but I'm always searching for more.

Battle Royale is a film that has affected many, many people. There are rabid fans of Battle Royale and there are even more people that hate it. Let me tell you why. Battle Royale is a film that exercises its right to explore an idea. Many films have great ideas but most are poorly realized. Battle Royale is simply an awesome movie about one of the most hypothetically traumatic things that could ever happen to teenagers. For those that don't know, the film focuses on what happens when a group of high school students are sent to an abandoned island to kill each other. What brings such a bizarre idea to fruition includes civil unrest, teenage anxiety, and a nation literally terrorized by their youth. It's set in Japan and though it is just a movie it still hit pretty close to reality due to current problems with Japanese youth. In fact, the film was poorly received by the government who feared that the release of the film would incite riots and other such acts of mayhem by the same youth which it focused on. The problem is the same the world around. Young people are much more volatile than they ever were say 20-30 years ago and Battle Royale captures the essence of the horror that today's youth would face going into such a circumstance. Friends kill other friends and bullies all to survive. At the same time they get to live out those videogames that they loved to play at home.

[SIDE NOTE: Counter-Strike, a Half-Life (popular videogame) mod for example, easily prepares young people for the reality of weapons. How many bullets are in a clip of an MP5? What does an assault rifle sound like? Questions like these are easily answered by the videogames of today. Sure, these weapons are also on the streets and in some parts of the world they are even in the hands of children as young as five years-old but the videogame set up creates a comfortable experience with such weapons. It's not that videogames necessarily make people want to get guns rather it gives familiarity to guns. I should mention that I love to play Counter-Strike myself and will continue to play it in the future. I don't hate the game, I'm just pointing out that it does present a fairly realistic portrayal of weapons.]

The problem is that there can be only one survivor of this island massacre, this only adds extra pressure to the already unprepared children who have to fight for their lives. What is truly shocking is that the actors and actresses who have been selected to portray these teens are around the same ages of their characters. They aren't the aging 20-30 somethings that just happen to look young; they are literally teenagers. This flick has some serious bite! It's such a great comment on how we are living in the 21st century in a time when frequently the fear for a country comes from within rather than outside forces.

Certainly, terrorism is at the forefront of the average North American's mind due to the World Trade Center attacks and CNN's endless coverage of the horrors of said event have easily made the problem an international event. But before that the biggest headline grabbers focused on young people, filled with `rage', unleashing their anger on their helpless peers using an array of weapons (mainly guns). School shootings shocked the world when children started killing their peers.

Battle Royale is not meant to trivialize school shootings and youth violence. Rather, it's an examination of the lengths which a government will go in order to discipline the youth. It's such a ludicrous idea. But the characters stay true to form as they profess long held crushes with their dying breath all the way down to naively trusting others who they've always admired as the popular kids. It's sick. Strange. Beautiful. Familiar. Different. And completely engaging. Most people are against the film because they feel that the plot is simply silly or because the dialogue is too hammy or some such nonsense. At the same time, those naysayers will praise films like Braveheart for its honest portrayal of Scotland's only historical hero. I loved Braveheart. I thought it was great too but it's bogus, for the most part. Certain battles and events really did happen. But William Wallace was no man to look up to. He raped and killed women and small children but none of that made it into the film because it was not that kind of "feel good" thing that would sell Wallace as a hero. Battle Royale, since it draws on fictitious characters and plot is far more interesting because it really makes you think about your own life. Could you kill your best friend from high school if the two of you are stuck on an island of death? To this day I refuse to answer that question. It sickens me to think of such a thing and so I felt disturbed by what those 42 kids had to do in Battle Royale. What's even worse is that they were picked by lottery to end up on the island. In the Japan that exists in Battle Royale, each year a random high school class is picked for the event. We are led to believe that all youth in Japan are bad seeds in this film but that really doesn't seem to apply to the class which the film follows. For all intents and purposes, they were innocent. The dialogue between characters is poignant, real, and totally innocent. You can literally see how limited their vocabulary and understanding of the world around them is. Furthermore, as I mentioned earlier, some of the characters even profess love for their classmates without even knowing what love is all about. High school is a weird time for anybody. It's an awkward time that is all about experience and misunderstandings. So many people AFTER high school really learn the truth about who liked them and what people really thought of them. During high school there's always some social wall that stops any REAL open communication between two people. Being on the island forces unchecked emotions and feelings to flow out of the characters because death is on the horizon. Can you really label the dialogue as lousy in those circumstances?

Obviously, there are intelligent and well-organized people in the world. Some exist in high school but for the most part teenagers are brash, foolish, and irresponsibly reckless because they've yet to learn from experience. They rarely have any experience. Teenagers put on an island to kill themselves will certainly not learn anything new and if they do it won't matter considering that they'll soon be dead.

Naturally, some go insane and mutter those math equations that their teachers promised them would be valuable in the real world. Others feel the need to fulfill their sexual desires, who wants to die as a virgin, right? Still others try to make the best of the situation by spending their last few hours alive as civilized as possible. But the purpose of the game affects all of these teenagers. They have to hurry. If the battle isn't finished in 3 days they all must die which is easy for the people in charge who have low-jacked each teenager with collars that explode. Not enough to take the head clean off, by default, but rather just enough of an explosion to open up the jugular. They bleed out until they die.their hopes and dreams for the future go with them. This is a grisly film that doesn't specifically cater to gore hounds. Certainly there are some really disturbing death scenes and moments but nothing TOO over the top. The idea is shocking enough, there's no need to be excessive. At first this fact upset me. I wanted this film to be a bloody parade of carnage because I reasoned that it's just a movie. Just some form of entertainment that existed to please me. But the whole idea is sickening and compelling enough to satisfy on more layers than just the visual.

In the end, this is not a film for just anyone off the street. There are so many sceptics and people who are unable to maturely grasp the concept of the film. These are the people that really hate it and you can't really blame them. For too long, Hollywood has been the dominant authority on filmmaking in the world. What was once a greatly expressive and thought-provoking medium has now simply become a trite and boring thing. Everything is recycled over and over. It's repackaged, re-sold, re-distributed to the point that people can hardly accept something new and radical and different. If it's not safe, generic, or commercial than the reason for a film's existence appears to be highly questionable. Battle Royale isn't going to change the world. I wish it could but the damage has already been done and now there is no place for a film that challenges socio-political norms or has subtitles. But that's alright. Films that matter are still being made even if they don't get the same amount of press or attention that the next Leonardo DiCaprio movie will get. If you enjoy Battle Royale then Kinji Fukasaku, who directed and adapted the film for the screen along with his son Kenta, will be able to rest in peace. The man died on January 12th, 2003. He was 72 years-old and all he wanted to do was make movies until he died. He got his wish.

I am a fan.

"Don't Hate Yourself... because no matter how hard you try there's always someone that does it better." - J.Symister 2002

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