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Battle Royale (2000)

Batoru rowaiaru (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shuya Nanahara - otoko 15-ban
... Noriko Nakagawa - onna 15-ban
... Shôgo Kawada - otoko 5-ban
... Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
... Takako Chigusa - onna 13-ban
... Hiroki Sugimura - otoko 11-ban
... 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
Takayo Mimura ... Kayoko Kotôhiki - onna 8-ban
Yutaka Shimada ... Yûtaka Seto - otoko 12-ban
Aki Unone ... Fumiyo Fujiyôshi - onna 18-ban (as Aki Inoue)
Ren Matsuzawa ... Keita Îjima - otoko 2-ban
Hirohito Honda ... Kazushi Nîda - otoko 16-ban
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Storyline

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 dwindle on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? Written by Prissy Panda Princess

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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JPY 67,566,100 (Japan), 21 December 2000, Limited Release
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Some shots that took place at night were actually shot during the day; during post-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. See more »

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In the lighthouse, Yuko Sakaki accidentally poisons Yuka Nakagawa with powder from a bottle labeled "KCN" (potassium cyanide). About 10 seconds later, Yuka vomits blood (which suggests internal bleeding) and dies. Cyanide is actually a poison that shuts down the respiration in cells. Ingestion of more than 50mg of cyanide will result in rapid respirations, loss of consciousness, convulsions, gasping, and death due to cessation of respiration. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, a class picture is displayed, showing all of the students that have been killed in the Battle Royale, including the two transfer students. See more »

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Way overestimated.
16 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gods, 7.8 rating score for this movie?

You all are deceived by the stereotypic japanese style - pretending something important here.

1. The starting concept is a bit bold, but not that new if you've read any jap ani or manga.

2. The gore scenes are not impressive but hilarious sometimes with some awful writings and actings.

3. Some important meaning hidden behind gores? No. Absolutely not. Actually, by pretending as if there were some important meaning behind, it is masking your conscience so letting the director nor watchers not feeling guilt for such meaningless killing spree.

Conclusion: This movie is just for fun. That's all. And it's a bit wicked and shameless in the meaning that it's pretending as a serious movie and hiding its true intent. Don't let this movie ridicule you.

But still, i must admit it's not a boring movie.

My Rating: 6/10


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