Battle Royale

Battle Royale (2000)

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A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are taken to an abandoned island, each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three read moredays to kill each other until one survives--or they all die.

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    Batoru rowaiaru ; Battle Royale Survival Program ; BR

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Sep 8, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Though I heard of this movie since I was in primary school I never actually watched it until today. Battle Royal is not just a movie, it's an existencial question: when the only rule is "to kill or be killed" ,what is the human being capable of doing? how will he behave?

STORY: The storyline is pretty simple and I even thought there were some "holes" in it but -as I said read more before- the -frightening- existencial question behind it draws the viewer's attention and makes him wonder "what if...".

ACTING/CAST: The acting is pretty average but it's actually a good thing because if the actors had acted too well the movie would have been unbearable to watch (I still shiver when I think of the delirious smile of the students-turned-crazy-murderers).

MUSIC: What I liked the more about the music isn't the music itself but its use. Classical music when used in a movie/series about normal-people-turning-cray-because-they-have-to-face-death adds something twisted/dark/cynical to it. The use of the slow, peaceful and beautiful music contrasts with what is happening and helps build this almost suffacating athmosphere.

REWATCH VALUE: I don't think this movie could be watched on a daily basis "just for fun". Like I said, the movie in itself isn't that good but it's this question behind it.

OVERALL: The movie is definitely a must-watch (except if you are already a freaking murderer or murderer-to-be). Points of view may differ but I believe the "best" part of it all isn't the blood and the killing but the way each character faced this bloody game and thus it makes us reflect on us.
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Jan 19, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I can't tell anymore how many times I've watched Battle Royale. This movie was love at first sight. Once I had bought it for myself I watched it four or five times in two weeks. I got addicted.

To me, the brutality of this movie is the very thing that makes it so good. Normally I'd despise anything like this but for some reason BR is a huge exception.

The soundtrack is read more pure gold, many characters are really interesting - more or less - and the amount of action is just fine for me. However, only a few actors impressed me. Most of the whole cast left me sort of empty though I wouldn't say any actor in this movie is actually poor. Then again, I guess that's okay since there are so many characters in BR and at least all the main actors are brilliant.

Overall BR would deserve 10 but the lack of impressive actors bugs me just enough to make this 9. Anyway, this is and forever will be one of my favourite movies.
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Both deal with social issues in contemporary Japan, especially on the breakdown of family due to inter-generational conflict.
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both are like the survival game theme movie which takes place in same island .
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    Shichi 7 days ago

    I had high expectations for this because the book was a masterpiece but... The movie was kind of a mess? Maybe it's because obviously they couldn't fit everything in two hours but I felt like every two seconds a character was killed and we didn't even know much about them. When you read the book you see the whole thing through each character's perspective and you learn more about their background and their personality so you start liking or hating them. But in the movie everything is rushed and it's kind of difficult to follow. Also they didn't really talk much about Kawada's plan that was kind of genius and we didn't see much of his personality either even though his character is amazing in the book. So yeah I was a bit disappointed but overall it wasn't a bad movie.

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    Lightxhope 13 days ago

    Its pretty good story wise and way better than the Hunger Games.Don't expect Sunshines and Rainbows because there is a bit gore and tragedy. Its different from what people usually watch here.The manga is way more darker though and goes in more details.After watching it people should check out the manga.

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    kitamu Jul 16, 2017

    i always put off watching this movie bc i absolutely cant handle gore, so when my international cinema prof assigned this film for japan, i wasnt too delighted. after watching it, i cant believe i never watched it sooner bc this film isnt gory at all?? theres only 1 or 2 scenes pushing it, but it was pretty tame. otherwise, i see why this film is so popular, but it was a little hard for me to empathize with the characters since i'm not one for "teen romance" problems. definitely a disappointing assignment from my prof, esp comparing it other the other movies he assigned to us.

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    conquasso Jul 12, 2017

    the thing that annoyed me was how you can shoot someone 10 times in a roll and he will be still fighting you back with a weapon, um?

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    BSapph May 13, 2017

    A cult classic indeed.

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    claudya87 Apr 14, 2017

    Before all the survival trilogies that you see these was Battle Royal, you could say that it started with it..

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    D-Ace Feb 1, 2017

    waste of time :/

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    Am- Oct 30, 2016

    This movie was a real journey. I gotta find the novel somewhere now.

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    Adam Aug 30, 2016

    The extended edition made me appreciate it even more. Admittedly some of the acting is very iffy but it was a fantastic film regardless. It also has a lot more depth than many give it credit for. The themes regarding Japan's uber-competitive education system and on the inter-generational conflict are still prevalent.

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    Animanga_fan Oct 10, 2015

    It was a masterpiece! :|

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    Elena Aug 19, 2015 - edited

    i am really not sure why do everyone like this? the story is original, ok, but it was confusing at the beginning and at the end. also actors..i mean c'mon...they weren't so good.

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      IzzyDramaLover Dec 17, 2016

      I agree!! I was expecting so much from this movie cause everyone had written positive comments and reviews about this....but I was kinda disappointed! The acting was average and I don't get the point of this movie. It was kind meaningless...

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      Elena Dec 19, 2016

      thank you!

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    KoriNeko18 Jan 24, 2015

    Loved this book! The movie was good, but it's a shame there wasn't quite enough tkme to make us understand the characters more.
    I'd love to see a remake of this movie!

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    BoNa Nov 24, 2014

    Feel myself pretty old when meet people who watched Hunger games but don't know Battle Royale...

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    IWatchDramas Nov 19, 2014 - edited

    The description sounds like Hunger Games? I loved the books, not the movies. I think I need to watch this ASAP.


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    Dec 16, 2000
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    1 hr. 54 min.


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