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Battle Royale ( Batoru rowaiaru ) (2000) Movie Information

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561

Avg. Rating:

2.99/4

# of Ratings:

181

Genres:

Action, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

Japanese

Theater Date:

12/16/2000

DVD Release:

03/20/2012

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Actors:

"Beat" Takeshi Kitano
Chiaki Kuriyama
Tatsuya Fujiwara
Aki Maeda
Taro Yamamoto
Sousuke Takaoka

 

 

 

 

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In a bleak future, 42 ninth-grade classmates are stranded on a deserted island each with a weapon and a choice: kill or be killed. This is Battle Royale, three days, one survivor, no escape.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Holy shit balls! I have never seen the Hunger Games, and probably never will after seeing this masterpiece. I don't know many movies that mix the drama with action as well as this movie did. It was brilliantly put together in a way that had me clinching to my seat throughout the flick. The video quality is terrible. I thought this movie was a lot older than it actually is. I also found it hard to distinguish between characters. This does not take away from the movie though. This is a must-watch movie. Absolutely perfect.

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mitchellyoung 01/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Battle Royale is an unrelenting and twisted take on a Lord of the Flies like plot. What elevates it above most mindless bloody action films is that it exhibits a conscience and takes the time to establish characters, emotion, and themes, before the bloodletting begins. At the same time, there isn't much exposition, and the film moves along at a jaunting pace that makes it both entertaining and terrifying.

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gideon43 05/26/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Gloriously sick, twisted and brutal action movie which is as brilliant as it is controversial. Hollywood is in no hurry to remake a film that only the Japanese could make. Although the bloodletting and scenes of gore are frequent, this is a movie which never wallows in violence, instead focusing on the reactions and actions of a desperate band of schoolchildren. At times sentimental, sad and surprisingly funny, Battle Royale is the ultimate guilty pleasure and one of the finest Japanese movies ever.

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  Matthew
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01/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This movie makes the hunger games look like shit

This movie makes the hunger games look like shit, The story is about 42 ninth-grade classmates are stranded on a deserted island each with a weapon and a choice: kill or be killed and they all been told all of that by they head teacher. let me just say one thing that I Did not like about this movie and that is when the kids would be shot or sharped they will keep moving around like water just spilled all over them and that's it really and let's get to the good, the movie has some really good kills and they is a character in the movie who has been in the game before and he is a Bad-ass. This movie has some really slow parts and they feel like they go on for every just because some of the characters back story are just not interesting to me and that's really it to talk about this movie is a...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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06/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) review Run!

A violent, thought provoking flick, despite its gory and absurd premise, shows hope and harsh realities of life. This picture gets better and better towards its conclusion, even from the very beginning as well. It even has elements of humor and horror despite the drama and action exhibited. Even though there were a number of students, each one has a story to tell from the hidden love, a loner to an innovative computer hacker. Screenplay and plot was exceptional. The story and lines alone are worth viewing with quotes from: Kitano - “Life is a game.” “But cheatings no good.” Kawada – “Really trusting someone is a hard thing to do.” Utsumi – “We’re all stupid.” Noriko – “I can’t trust any of them either.” Nanahara – “But we’ve got no choice but to keep moving forward…run for all y...

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4/4 

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  Yojimbo
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03/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Battle Royale" by Yojimbo

A Japan increasingly concerned with spiralling urban violence makes an example of troublesome teens by stranding them on a desert island with the sole purpose of making them kill each other off until just one remains. Kinji Fukasaku's magnificently tasteless satire on reactionary politics could be considered the logical conclusion of reality TV. The concept is a kind of cross between The Running Man and Lord Of The Flies. All the usual High School shenanigans are involved, but the introduction of lethal weapons throws the cliques, crushes and rivalries into a whole new light! The young cast are all great and Fukusaku was a veteran of Japanese Yakuza films and therefore a dab hand at stylized violence; the unrelenting drama and action of a type of slasher film where EVERYONE is the killer ...

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4/4 

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