Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Batoru rowaiaru

DVD - 2012 | Japanese
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'In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.' -- Container.


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Apr 13, 2015

I've been wanting to check-out the flick for a long time and it didn't disapoint.

Dec 10, 2014

This movie is gruesome and hugely entertaining. Hunger Games is a bit whimpy compared to this flick!

Aug 01, 2014

Extremely violent but awesome Japanese cult classic. This was released more than ten years before The Hunger Games, but I'm not going to say that it's better. The acting by many of the supporting characters is oftentimes unintentionally silly and you'll find better character development in the source novel (and even the graphic novels). Despite these flaws, and occaisionally disturbing (albeit incredibly cartoony and unrealistic) violence, it's a very fun movie to watch. The action scenes are incredibly well executed, Takeshi Kitano plays an amazing sad-movie villain, and the emotional bond between the main characters, especially near the end of the film is quite admirable. It's essential viewing for film-savvy older teens.

Apr 25, 2014

The original HUNGER GAMES. Need I say more? I definitely recommend it.

Jun 23, 2013

READ THE BOOK. Or at least read the manga.

Chaos1214 Jan 31, 2013

Another page out of Takeshi Kitano's "Nihilism for Dummies"... But the scene where " female students for peace" break out into a full scale firefight while preparing lunch in the kitchen is absolutely hysterical.

VivicaLiqueur Oct 09, 2012

CLASSIC! I wonder if this was the inspiration of Hunger Games. I've seen other directors take on a similar idea but fail horribly. Battle Royale is amazingly done. Great actors, excellent Director, the setting and camera work is brilliant. Hunger Games is the only version that has been similar that has interested me since Battle Royale. Definite Japanese horror movie staple.

Oct 07, 2012

While this may have been the inspiration behind Hunger Games, HG is a much better movie.

lasertravis Oct 04, 2012

I loved this teen tokyo gore survival action flick. This had to have inspired The Hunger Games. Wildly entertaining throughout. Not the best acting or special effects, but both were passable to compliment a great concept. I enjoy the genre and this was one of the better examples of it. The english voice overs are awful. Watch in Japanese with subtitles.

Jul 26, 2012

Rather interesting movie. Definitely an interesting solution to the growing problem of child disobedience. Nicely done in the way of acting and portrayal. Funny how after reading/watching The Hunger Games I saw so many things that happened there and in Battle Royale. One to watch but just be prepared for some ideas and scenes that will be disturbing.

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Oct 17, 2015

dresya_davis thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Aug 01, 2014

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Aug 01, 2014

Violence: Very intense but also incredibly cartoonish and unrealistic throughout. Knives and guns of (almost) all types are used and there's lots of blood and gore. Some upsetting deaths, including a few suicides. Some suggested sexual violence (all off-camera).


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