Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shugo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai, Haruka
Suenaga, Yuma Ichigaki, Miyuki Kanbe, Masaya Kikawada, Yoko Maki, Yuki Ito,
Natsuki Kato, Aki Maeda, and Riki Takeuchi

Director: Kenta Fukasaku and Kinji Fukasaku

Synopsis: Three years after the failure of the original BR program, a second act is
forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill
international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.


So one day I’m in my local Hot Topic and I'm looking at the movies displayed. Low
and behold there sitting on behind the plastic is a special edition 3 disc set of
Battle Royale. I of course bought it, definitely worth the whole 37 something
dollars and cents. Not only did I get the first Battle Royale but I also got the
sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem and a third disc with special features. So this is
how BRII starts off. 3 years after the first BR we learn that Shuya, survivor from
the first film, has started a terrorist group called Wild Seven. That’s when our new
class shows up, they find out what they are doing but the rules have changed. You
now have a partner if your partner dies your necklace will explode. This time
instead of killing each other your task is to hunt down and kill Nanahara Shuya.

Within just a few days of shooting the original director Kinji Fukasaku had passed
away, but his son immediately took over. I'm not sure how much of an effect this
had on filming but one thing for sure is that this movie had a much bigger budget
then the original. There was a lot more blood, action and violence. This was
definitely more of a war movie then a battle feature. They also took the message
that they were trying to send out in the original and went way overboard with it.
When I was watching this part of me kept thinking, Wow! Someone over there
really hates Americans. But as the movie carried on I realized this was not the
case, but just a bigger example of the message. Aside from all that I got pretty
bored watching all the action. That’s right watching the action gets boring after

I actually enjoyed watching this movie. Like I mentioned before this movie had an
obvious bigger budget so the filming was fantastic. The acting I have no
complaints about, even Takashi Kitano (Sensei in the first film) makes a special
appearance in a flashback. I also read somewhere that Quinton Tarantino was
supposed to make a guest appearance as the president of the United States but
there were scheduling conflicts. The first one was better because of its creativity
and because of the message it was sending across about violence in society and
that lack of respect for human life, then the idea of the government trying to kill
children. This movie like I said before kind of went over board with that idea. They
really just seemed to want to continue on with the story and just make it much
bigger then the first was. I don't want to say that they failed, I felt that it was a
good try. The first one is always going to be a cult classic. If you are a fan of the
first BR then you will enjoy this movie. If not then watching Battle Royale 2 would
be a waste of your time.

Overall:  7/10
Genres: Action, Drama

Rated: Unrated

Country: Japan

Year: 2003

Runtime: 134 minutes



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