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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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... 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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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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Their Game, No Rules, No Prisoners See more »


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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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Trivia

The characters from the anime/manga series Slam Dunk (1993) appear as icons used by the hackers. See more »

Goofs

When Yuka Nakagawa is poisoned, her face lands in the bowl of poisoned spaghetti. A little later as the girls begin shooting each other, her face is now out of the bowl, and on the table instead. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

Connections

References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »

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from Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Incredible masterpiece made by Kinji Fukasaku.
10 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Battle Royale" is one of the most controversial and challenging movies ever made.The film is very gory and violent,but it's also witty,satirical and thought provoking.The concept of "Battle Royale" is pretty simple.The act of Battle Royale decrees that once a year a class of 9th graders is chosen at random,stranded on a small island,and armed with random weapons.The kids are also outfitted with strange necklaces that monitor their locations and life functions,and explode if more than one student is alive at the end of 72 hours.The kids are forced to become savage killers,and the movie provides them with interesting personalities and human reactions to the horrible situation in which they find themselves.The acting is brilliant and the violence is horrific and merciless.The film is very exciting and well-photographed.A masterpiece that needs to be seen by every fan of wonderful Japanese cinema!


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