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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Jul 2, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
So it's been a long time coming, but I've finally watched this movie. To be honest, I'm not sure if I would have been able to watch it were I any younger. I'm not a person who's very easily left mouth gaping at deaths in movies, but from the beginning of this movie to the very end, I was in tears. I gave this a 6 on story and on rewatch simply read more because I don't think I could deal with how painful the movie is a second time, and the story is seen a lot more frequently nowadays and isn't all that original, though I've read that the novels and manga are even more in depth than the movie was. At any rate, the movie does deserve the titles that it gets.

I don't think that it's fair to compare this movie to the Hunger Games even if they share some of the same themes, as they're both great in their own ways, and if anything, I was left a lot more devastated by Battle Royale than the Hunger Games (though I wouldn't say either was better than the other).

The cast of this movie is great, and most of them have become big names in Japan now, and due to the roles that they were playing... one can see why.
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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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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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    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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    Munshee Aug 13, 2014

    I only need to hear the name Battle Royale to give me shivers. Truly is worthy the title of classics. It will be remembered.

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 25, 2014

    Very gory... but I loved it! :D

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    Lindysaducos Apr 30, 2014

    If you loved this movie, you should read the book. It's better imo =)) your imagination works big time. It's a bit long but it's actually worth reading.

    I remember reading it three years ago and I plan on re-reading it again :D

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    Yume Apr 9, 2014

    My first japanese/asian movie ever and i love it. I can watch it over and over without getting tired

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    Fillers Mar 15, 2014

    I love this movie! It actually made me read the novel that the movie is based on and in my opinion is a lot better than the movie. If you like the movie definitely check out the book

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    Soah Feb 20, 2014

    I really had high expectations on this movie but... I think watching it after reading the manga wasn't a good idea. I LOVED the manga, but the movie... I just think they have done things too quick, obviously a film can't last too much but I don't know. Its like is just kill without any reason, in the manga you knew why everyone acted like they did and it was pretty awesome.


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    Dec 16, 2000
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    1 hr. 54 min.


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