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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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One Dead. 41 To Go. 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 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. See more »

Goofs

When Noriko tells Kawada that the food that he cooked was good, we hear him reply that his father was a cook even though at that moment his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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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

Referenced in The Starving Games (2013) See more »

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The Blue Danube Waltz
Op 134
Johann Strauss
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Quite brilliant
4 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

There have been contrasting cries of "greatest film ever made" and "pointless gore fest" made about BR, and neither are accurate in my opinion. What it is, is a commentary about "perceived" (real or otherwise) problems among Japanese teens in the late 90's.

In one review, someone basically likened it to a movie involving young Japanese girls running around in school uniforms acting violent....DUH, thats the whole point. A lot of peoples only knowledge of Japan is Manga and Hentai.

If people bothered to watch the news once in awhile, they may know that the establishment in Japan were VERY worried about young people getting out of control, and BR portrays all this perfectly.

Its NOT ultra violent, although the fact that they are supposed to be teens makes it disturbing. Battle Royale is no worse than Lord of the flies, but for some reason that has been deified as a work of art, and BR is classed as trash. I'd say its more about cultural snobbery than actual appreciation of a truly magnificent film.


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