|Kinji Fukasaku Director||previously directed Omocha|
Based on the Kinji Fukasaku novel of the same name, Battle Royale tells the story of a class of Japanese junior high students who are sent to an island and forced to kill one another.
|Tatsuya Fujiwara||Shuya Nanahara|
|Aki Maeda||Noriko Nakagawa|
|Tarô Yamamoto||Shôgo Kawada|
|Chiaki Kuriyama||Takako Chigusa|
|Sosuke Takaoka||Hiroki Sugimura|
|Takashi Tsukamoto||Shinji Mimura|
|Yukihiro Kotani||Yôshitoki Kuninobu|
|Eri Ishikawa||Yukie Utsumi|
|Sayaka Kamiya||Satomi Noda|
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Battle Royale is set in a fictional near-future version of Japan. The opening of the film states that:
" At the dawn of the millennium, the nation collapsed. At fifteen percent unemployment, ten million were out of work. 800,000 students boycotted school. The adults lost confidence, and fearing the youth, eventually passed the Millennium Educational Reform Act—AKA: The BR Act..."
We are introduced to a goup of 9th graders who believe themselves to be on a field trip. While on the bus, they are gassed, and wake up on a remote island with metal collars around their necks. The are informed by a previous teacher of theirs that, due to the BR act, they have been chosen to participate in a Battle Royale: a fight to the death. If anyone attempts to leave the island, the collars around their necks will explode, killing them. Likewise, if there is more than one person surviving after 3 days, all of the remaining students will be killed by the explosive collars. Each student is given a survival kit and a unique 'weapon', which range from submachine guns to pot lids. The desperate circumstances the students find themselves tests their relationships with each other, and the psychological effects of watching their friends die begins to wear on them as they each try to find a way to survive.
Relationship between Adults and Children: Although the students are pitted against each other, the real antagonistic relationship in the film is between the adults of Japan and the younger generation. The adults decided to blame the youth for the problems in society, and unable to control their own lives, the children are forced to go along with what the adults tell them.
Violence: The entire film is incredibly violent, and created a great deal of controversy in Japan. Most of the violence is against young teenagers, and is considered by some to be exploitative. The film was given an R-15 rating, meaning no one under 15 years of age could see it in Japan.
There was also a great deal of controversy over what were called 'copycat crimes', as a perceived youth crime wave began shortly after the films release. The DVD release was reportedly postponed after the 'Sashebo slashing' incident occurred, in which a 12-year old was murdered by a fellow student.
|news||The Hunger Games and Battle Royale||matthew_floratis|
|news||In Theaters: May 25th||staceywi|
|forum||Battle Royale Coming to North American Blu-ray This March||Alex|
|blog||Moving Pictures: it helps to listen to others||Llewelyn|
|review||For TearsInRain (4 out of 5)||GiveUpNed|
|blog||Scared of your family? If not, you will thanks to Battle Royale||GiveUpNed|
|review||Massively fun (4 out of 5)||PlyrYaKA|
|review||Awesome if violent (4 out of 5)||Ninja_Dozer|