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Battle RoyaleForty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. 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 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 days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?
Actors of "Battle Royale"
Characters of "Battle Royale"
Directors of "Battle Royale"Kinji FukasakuBirthdate: 3 July 1930, Mito, Japan
Creators of "Battle Royale"Koushun TakamiKenta FukasakuBirthdate: 15 September 1972, Tokyo, Japan
Critic Reviews of "Battle Royale"New York PostMay 25, 2012
Stylistically it's a beauty, with khaki-uniformed waifs fighting for their lives to a crashing classical score.New York TimesMay 24, 2012
Awful deaths (and hysterical reactions to them) punctuate declarations of love and friendship, revelations of treachery and heavily armed expressions of angst.Time OutMay 22, 2012
Forgive the film its small flaws of histrionic performances and cheap execution for the giddy rush of its banal, Verhoevenesque atmosphere...Village VoiceMay 22, 2012
It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb.Hollywood ReporterMay 22, 2012
3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.VarietyMay 20, 2008
Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films.Antagony & EcstasyDecember 11, 2016
You would never suspect that a 70-year-old man made this film: it positively hums with youthful lust and rage.Seanax.comApril 10, 2016
This savage social satire revels in the brutality and gore and plays it for dark comedy and gallows humor, a teen melodrama gone feral as cliques fall apart under fire and young love is literally under the gun.Film Journal InternationalMay 30, 2012
Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop.Mania.comMay 25, 2012
A gloriously entertaining ride, provided you have a taste for dark material and don't mind the occasional poke in the ribs.Film4May 22, 2012
A wonderfully exciting, incredibly idiosyncratic actioner.Slant MagazineMay 20, 2012
Maybe Battle Royale's ultimate punchline is its inexplicable ability to fool some people into taking it seriously.
Gallery of "Battle Royale"
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