Battle Royale

A bunch of prep school kids left to kill each other on a deserted Island. Hunger Games anyone? I have read that Quentin Tarantino wanted the lead from this show to star in “Kill Bill” because he loved this film so much. I wouldn’t call it a “Gore Fest” as some have. After all, gore is when what’s in the body is taken out and shown. This is a blood fest for sure though. The director is also very good at building suspense through music and sound effects (like the collar beeps).

Battle Royale (2000)
Batoru rowaiaru (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 54min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | 16 December 2000 (Japan)
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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.
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Writers: Koushun Takami (novel), Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto

Action killing is something we like in America. That’s probably why this scores so high on the democratic user score at IMDB. I found it exciting and cathartic. There will be those who will be turned off by the violence but it’s a deeper message they miss. The “teacher” seems to have no compassion in him. One might compare him to Stanley Tucci’s character in “The Hunger Games.” It’s not as much about the government but more about the risk of losing ones compassion for others. I think the teacher character may have done that. This is a fun watch but a bloody mess so be forewarned. I quite enjoyed it, 8/10.

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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