Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou
Shibasaki

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Story: Ninth grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map,
food and various arms. They have to fight each other three days long until the
last one remains and are forced to wear a special collar which will explode when
they break a rule.



Review:

Every once in awhile I'll catch a film that will just totally blow me away. It's hard
to find a movie that would totally change the way you look at them. As a child I
found it in such films as Psycho, Halloween, The Exorcist, Jaws and many other
movies that left a permanent mark on the genre. Battle Royale, one of the
most talked about movies from Japan just so happens to be one of them. I
don't think I've ever given a perfect score on a movie review in my life, but for
me Battle Royale is so close to perfection. Never have I had this much fun
watching a horrific and dramatic thriller. You've probably heard all the talk and
all the hype, and for me Battle Royale isn't the kind of movie that would
disappoint you when you actually watch it. This movie is so brutal yet fantastic
at the same time. The film takes place at the dawn of the new millennium when
Japan is in a near state of collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high and
violence amongst the nations youth is spiralling out of control. Kids are
boycotting schools and abusing their teachers. The Japanese government then
decides to apply the Battle Royale Act. Requiring that a randomly chosen class
be taken to a deserted island in which they are forced play a game to fight each
other to the death. Only in this game there can only be one survivor

Oh man where should I start? Should I just go on and on about how much I
love the movie? Or should I just explain why it should be called one of the best
films to b released in the last ten years? I'll just suck it all in and do both for
the hell of it. I loved Battle Royale very much, it's such a great Japanese thriller.
What I found most interesting about Battle Royale is the overall topic and plot.
Just the idea of seeing a class of 40 something kids on an island being forced
to kill each other is one hell of a sad and messed up story. As bad or upsetting
as it may sound it's actually one of it's most entertaining aspects. The films
plot is definitely sick but the way it plays out makes it hard not to love. You can
call it offensive or evil, I call it brutal and very enjoyable. Have no fear folks for I
am not sick in the head, I always make sure to take my pills. As you may notice
from reading the story to Battle Royale is incredible. How often do we get to
see films like this without having the motion picture association banning it?
Speaking of which that's just one of the few misunderstandings about the
movie.

You can't really find an actual straight DVD release for Battle Royale here in the
states. A lot of folks seem to get things confused by hearing that the reason
for it is because the film is banned in the United states, which is of course false.
You may be able to find this movie somewhere at your local video import store
or at Hot Topic which sells it in a set along with the films sequel. This movie
isn't banned in the United States but after seeing what the movie contains I
wouldn't be surprised if it was banned in other countries or cut for a new
rating. Surprisingly enough it's not because of the graphic blood and gore, it's
the overall thought of kids killing kids. Sure it sounds wrong but it's not too
much where you're going to hate the film makers for working on the project in
the first place. Battle Royale is entertaining from start to finish and it's filled
with a lot of surprises. In the movie the young students are given a bag of
supplies for this deadly game of survival. Each bag contains food, water, a map,
a compass and a random weapon. There's a surprise in each bag from guns to
trash can lids. All of it being random just makes it more fun.

As the film rolls along you get to dig deeper into some of the back stories and
characters. With the directors cut you'll get much more. The directors cut
features deleted scenes that give you a better understanding of the main
characters. The exclusive scenes give it a nicer touch which isn't present in the
theatrical release. The movie blends in high school drama with wickedly brutal
action and violence. At the same it's tragic yet really entertaining. A lot of the
scenes play out like high school drama which deal with such topics as jealousy
and trust. Only in this high school drama the students  have a weapon in their
possession and you can just picture how it turns out. The movie also has its
fair share of blood and gore. As mentioned earlier each character is provided
with a bag that carries items and a random weapon. So you get to see
everything from gun fights to brutal knife killings. The violence is strong since
you're dealing with minors getting killed in messed up ways. For me that was
just one of the biggest highlights in the movie. Each death scene in Battle
Royale is different and the action is a real treat.

Battle Royale is one of the best horror films I've ever seen and I do stress the
word horror. Sure it doesn't feature masked serial killers or ghosts but I would
definitely label it as a horror movie. Battle Royale features a strong topic and a
very brutal body count. Each death scene is different and the overall story is
great. Kids forced to kill other kids, how can you not call that Horror? If you
haven't seen Battle Royale yet then I highly suggest that you do. It's a great
movie with a lot of surprises. Watch the movie and while you're at it also be
sure to  read the original novel. The movie itself is awesome and I loved every
single minute of it. If this isn't in your movie collection then you need to find a
copy. Buy it and keep it right next to you when you sleep.


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Overall: 9/10
Genres: Drama, Thriller,
Action, Horror

Rated: Unrated

Country: Japan

Year: 2000

Runtime: 122 minutes

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Review done by: Nightmare Child
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