Battle Royale (2000) Poster



Mitsuko Souma (Girl #11), Satomi Noda (Girl #17), Yoshio Akamatsu (Boy #1), Toshinori Oda (Boy #4), Hiroki Sugimura (Boy #11), Yutaka Seto (Boy #12), and Shinji Mimura (Boy #19) are the only characters to have the same designated weapon in the novel, manga, and film of Battle Royale.
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Many members of the Japanese Parliament tried to get the novel banned, but to no avail. When the film was released, they attempted to ban it also. Both efforts resulted in the novel and film becoming even more successful as people bought the book and went to the movie to see what the fuss was all about.
One of the top-10 highest-grossing films in Japan.
The magazine containing bomb-making instructions that is used by Shinji Mimura and his gang is titled "Hara Hara Tokei" ("The Ticking Clock"). This magazine is a real bomb-making magazine published by an anti-Japanese-Government activist group called Higashi Ajia Hannichi Buso Sensen (East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front) from the 1970s.
None of the cast had any stunt doubles, not even the lead, Tatsuya Fujiwara.
One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies.
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. As of February 2017, the movie is no longer confiscated nor on the index. An uncut release somewhere in April 2017 is planed by the publisher.
Although this movie is filled with lots of shooting rampages, only two cast members in two scenes were shot using squibs (small fake blood packs to simulate bullet piercing): Takayo Mimura, who played Kayoko Kotohiki, and Takeshi Kitano, who played Kitano-sensei.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, this film was never banned in the United States. There are however, several conflicting, if plausible explanations as to why it wasn't initially released:
  • Toei refused to license the movie for North American distribution and rejected offers from several American companies.
  • Toei's licensing fee was unusually high for this kind of film, so smaller independent distributors could not afford it and larger distributors that could refused to pay.
  • After the Columbine High School shootings, no distributor was willing to pick the film up, due to the plot line involving high school students killing each other.
The painting of all the students was created by Beat Takeshi Kitano.
The computer-code listing shown on the laptop during the hacking scenes is from Fyodor's Nmap, a popular network auditing-hacking tool.
Director Kinji Fukasaku celebrated his 70th birthday during the production. He would pass away two years later during the production of the sequel "Battle Royale II" (2003), ending a 40 year career in the director's chair.
Over 800 actors and actresses auditioned to play the students.
The movie is banned in South Korea TV due to graphic violence scenes.
Weapons provided include: Uzi submachine guns, handguns, kama (the scythe-like weapon), Spas 12 shotgun, nunchaku, taser, knife, hand axe, crossbow, wakizashi (a sword), potassium cyanide (poison). Non-weapons provided include: megaphone, electronic collar tracer, paper fan, saucepan lid, binoculars.
The characters from the anime/manga series Slam Dunk (1993) appear as icons used by the hackers.
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.
Kinji Fukasaku had started work on a sequel - Battle Royale II (2003) - before succumbing to prostate cancer. He had shot one scene for the follow-up with Takeshi Kitano when he died. The film was completed by his son Kenta Fukasaku who dedicated it to his father.
Actress Chiaki Kuriyama (Takako Chigusa) was cast as GoGo Yubari in "Kill Bill" by Quentin Tarantino, a huge fan of "Battle Royale".
Six months were spent in pre-production on script readings and physical tests with the cast.
The director offered the role of Yoshitoki Kuninobu to popular rock vocalist 'Kyô' (from Dir en Grey), but Kyo's management forbade him to take it.
Some shots that took place at night were actually shot during the day; during pre-production, those scenes were tinted so as to give the impression that it was night time. An example is when Kiriyama attacks Kawada, Noriko, and Shuya in the bungalow. Scenes from the bonus DVD in the extras department confirm this.
10 years after its release, the film was reformatted for 3D.
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The truck that Shinji uses to build his car bomb is a Honda Acty pick-up truck.
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Some scenes which took place at night were actually shot during daytime, like the part when Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada were attacked by Kiriyama, it was broad daylight when they filmed it, and it was tinted during production go make it look darker than it actually was.
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The news helicopter was an Aerospatiale AS355 Ecureuil 2/TwinStar (JA9957).
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Body count: 48. (15 from flashbacks)

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