Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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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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Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Koushun Takami (novel), Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)

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19 February 2020 | kpzxsk
8
| An Original and Beautiful film against tyranny
This one is original, amusing, entertaining, action packed and often ripped off. The girls are pretty, the adults sinister and do not forget to watch its sequel Battle Royale II.

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Although the film played sporadically in the US festival circuit after its release, most American audiences became familiar with it through bootleg or "region-free" international copies. In 2011, American home video distributor Anchor Bay managed to come to a licensing agreement with Toei, and the film began streaming on the American video rental service Netflix. Later that year, Battle Royale had its first general North American theatrical run at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on December 24, 11 years after its Japanese theatrical release. On March 20, 2012, Anchor Bay gave the film and its sequel, Battle Royale II (2003), their first official DVD/Blu-ray release in the US.


Quotes

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 ...


Goofs

When Kitano kills Fumiyo Fujiyoshi by throwing a knife into her forehead the next scene depicts him pulling the knife out below her eye socket, not from her forehead where the initial wound impacted.


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.


Alternate Versions

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:

  • Kitano killing Fujiyoshi with his knife
  • Kitano killing Nobu by activating the collar
  • All notes telling the viewer who was killed and how many survivors were left were deleted
  • Mitsuko killing Megumi with a sickle
  • Much of Kitanos comments, such as "It's tough when friends die on you, but hang in there!"
  • Kiriyama killing the two girls with the MP was shortened
  • View of Kitano's picture was shortened
  • Nanahara saying "She took the knife that Nobu use to stab Kitano from the desk." In 2004 the film was re-released by Marketing Film, this time it was uncut.


Soundtracks

Air
from Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
by
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$958,989

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