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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6 October 2019 | brentenkingsten
8
| So Much to Like
Tyranny of adults

Imposition of societal norms on the young generation

Pretty girls in cute school uniforms (this is not USA so girls are not fat tattooed or trashy) and

Action and violence

What more can anyone want?

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Trivia

The magazine containing bomb-making instructions that is used by Shinji Mimura and his gang is titled "Hara Hara Tokei" ("The Ticking Clock"). This magazine is a real bomb-making magazine published by an anti-Japanese-Government activist group called Higashi Ajia Hannichi Buso Sensen (East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front) from the 1970s.


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 characters stab or shoot each other through clothing, there are bloodstains but no holes where the bullets or knives go through.


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 Special Version includes the following:

  • Redone opening titles
  • Redone sound effects
  • Added CGI blood to make the shootouts more graphic Also, many shots were added, deleted, reedited, and extended for pacing and clarity purposes, including the following:
  • A longer basketball sequence
  • Added reaction shots of the kids in the classroom to Kitano's "Do you know this law" question, and after Kuninobu's death.
  • A flashback shot of Mizuho and Inada and Kaori Minami to remind us of who they were when we see their bodies.
  • Closer shots of Takiguchi and Hatagami's corpses
  • An additional shot of Nanahara weeping at the top of the lighthouse
  • Additional shots of postcards from Mimura's uncle
  • Kitano shutting down power to the computers and ordering the soldiers to reboot after the Third Man attack
  • A scene with Mitsuko as a 9-year-old coming home to find a pedophile in her house.
  • An additional shot of Mimura triggering the explosives on the truck
  • Requiems that show the real flashbacks, and we hear the dialog during Noriko's dream.


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Radetzky March
Op 228
Johann Strauss Sr.

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$958,989

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