Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
The movie is banned in South Korea TV due to graphic violence scenes.
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 ...
At the beginning of the movie, the class acts shocked to see Kitano greet them at the island. He says he is taking over the class. However at the end of the movie, you see a class photo with Kitano as their teacher. If it's not apparent in all versions, Kitano was not respected by the students and left the class in 7th grade. While some students may suspect what his return means, others fall back to disrespect and challenge him. Note that the class photo (with Kitano) is also shown in the beginning of the film, but the "extra students" are only inserted in the last usage.
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.
The German version was supposed to be released uncut with a SPIO/JK approval (that basically states that the film doesn't violate the law (§131, glorification of violence)), a FSK rating was out of the question due to the excessive violence. But due to various circumstances at the time (political climate, the 2002 shooting at a school in Erfurt), the approval was denied. To release the film at all, German distributor Kinowelt had to cut the film. This cut version still only had the SPIO/JK approval and no FSK rating. Among the cut scenes were the following:
JPY 67,566,100 (Japan) (21 December 2000)
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