Rent Battle Royale (2000)

3.9 of 5 from 187 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act. Overseen by a former teacher, (Takeshi Kitano), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment.
He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Yukihiro Kotani, Eri Ishikawa, Sayaka Kamiya, , Yutaka Shimada, , Ren Matsuzawa, , Ryou Nitta, Sayaka Ikeda, , Yukari Kanasawa, Misao Kato
Directors:
Producers:
Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku, Kimio Kataoka, Chie Kobayashi, Toshio Nabeshima, Masumi Okada
Voiced By:
Ai Maeda, Doug Erholtz, Erin Fitzgerald, Stephanie Komure, Stephanie Sheh, John Snyder, Spike Spencer, Kaiji Tang, Julie Ann Taylor
Writers:
Koushun Takami, Kenta Fukasaku
Aka:
Batoru Rowaiaru
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
Countries:
Japan, Action & Adventure, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2002
Run Time:
109 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Star and Director Filmographies
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Mark Wyatt Film Notes
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/07/2017
Run Time:
114 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Making of 'Battle Royale': The Experience of 42 High School Students

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Reviews (2) of Battle Royale

Japanese filming at it's best - Battle Royale review by 'P. Raynor'

A twisted tale of a government gone mad. But once you get your head around that fact it is compelling viewing. A must see. Not just for the Stylised killings, but the direction and the background knowledge that can be found on the extras about each death. Why some commited suicide and others turned into serial killers overnight.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Godd funny Japanese horror movie - Battle Royale review by PV

Is this Japanese film at its best? Probably. OK, so the soundtrack - and hammy acting - are perhaps more of a south-east Asian taste, and they grate with me. But there is no doubt that this movie is entertaining - as well as an excuse for plenty of grand guignol bloodletting. There are screeching Japanese schoolgirls aplenty too, for those who like that kind of thing. This film also has a plot that sort of makes sense, with characters' motivations justifying their actions, and a good dose of Japanese shame and suicide too. A bit overblown, a bit nutty (but now on in the same mentalist league as The Happiness of the Katakuris) - but good horrific fun. The only thing missing is reality TV cameras (and just how the organiser can afford his own private army and island is anyone's guess!). Was the writer of this script a teacher exploring a fantasy maybe? Anyway - Recommended.

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