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Battle Royale [Blu-ray] [Import]

Tatsuya Fujiwara , Takeshi Kitano , Kinji Fukasaku    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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If you love The Hunger Games, BATTLE ROYALE sets the stage. One of the best - and most violent - genre films ever made. It's also a hell of a lot of fun. -- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

My Favorite Movie of the last 20 years...I wish I had made this movie. -- Quentin Tarantino

Without BATTLE ROYALE, there would be no THE HUNGER GAMES. This is the film that started it all. -- Ain't It Cool News

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY *&^%! another japanese classic. Jan. 7 2004
Format:DVD
Previously to viewing a copy of BR, I read the raving reviews from the other amazon customers..and you know what? I strongly agree with their 5 star ratings.
this movie doesn't pull any punches when it comes to violence, but at the same time it's also a social commentary regarding violence within today's high schools, (especially in america)and the bad bridge between the generation gap.
beat takashi (brother) does a great portrayal as the sadistic teacher/controller KITARO. BR has influences from previous american flicks like the running man, lord of the flies,escape from new york and fortress (the necklace bomb "wedlock")
what's disturbing is watching those cute japanese kids get slaughtered in so many ways(shootings,hackings,slashings,poison etc.) that it almost resembles a virtual videogame.
the ending i felt was anti climatic, but the flashback sequences adds much depth to the characters. too bad most americans will NEVER get to see this DVD Gem because of the contriversial content, but if ever there was a us adaptation like THE RING, director paul verhooven(robocop,starship troopers) would be my first choice and/or maybe quinten tarantino just as long as he doesn't make a cameo appearance like he did in his previous movies.
BATTLE ROYAL; one of the best movies "made in japan".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No mercy Feb. 20 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Imagine this: a country is run by a totalitarian government, which occasionally selects groups of teenagers to methodically kill each other. On TV. Until only one remains.

"The Hunger Games"? No, actually it's "Battle Royale," a bloody and harrowing movie that came out several years earlier, depicting an alternate Japan where the youth are forced to kill each other. It's one of those movies that is strangely fascinating and filled with social commentary, with brilliant performances from pretty much everyone concerned.

A class of high-schoolers are being transported on a bus, when they are gassed to unconsciousness. When they awake, they have electronic collars around their necks. A former teacher named Kitano explains that they have been chosen for the B.R. ("Battle Royale") Act, wherein teenagers are forced to fight each other to the death until only one is left standing.

If you don't play, try to escape, refuse to kill or stray into a "death zone," the collars explode. Each teenager is given food, water and a random item, and are set loose on a remote island.

It doesn't take long for them to fall prey to suicide, paranoia, bombs and one student's brilliant efforts to hack the system. As the teens slowly weed each other out, Shuya Nanahara and his girlfriend Noriko try to find a way out that doesn't involve death. But if they refuse to kill, then they must escape the fascist nightmare... which no one has done before.

"Battle Royale" (both the novel and the movie) was condemned in Japan for being so violent, and having a bunch of normal high schoolers killing each other off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Battle Royale" become a cult favorite in many corners of the world. Fukasaku wanted this movie to be viewed by all ages, but putting its gory depictions of death and blood into consideration the ratings would not allow it. The film has provoked outrage, and I think this was the intent. Children are viewed as being innocent, yet here, we see them killing each other in gruesome ways, with or without remorse. Being that I only seen this twice but on my third watch it still gets me.

As good as this is there are plot holes to it, especially near the ending. Some of the dialogue is too melodramatic and "cheesy", but it did most certainly not bring down the film's brilliance. But what it was missing most of all was character development. There's some fine acting, and some bad acting, but the main characters all acted well and held up this film. Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara), Noriko Nakagawa (Aki Maeda) and Shougo Kawada (Taro Yamamoto) are actually given a back story, motivations, and their desires for surviving the Battle Royale. But the other 39 students are not complete strangers to the viewer. Supporting character Mitsuko Souma (Kou Shibasaki) is given an in depth biography of who she really is, rather than just a cunning huntress out for revenge. In the Special Edition DVD, there is an extra scene containing a flashback to her childhood, depicting of how horrible her childhood was, and what caused her to act the way she acted in the movie and the novel. The other cast members did a superb job on bringing their characters to life. Indeed the characters are such familiar types that we are able to learn a great deal about them, though we may only see them for five seconds, because we have all come across them before in our own lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great flick! Nov. 28 2009
Format:DVD
James Gunn, director of Slither, lists this as one of his favourite movies. I can see why. It's amazing. I'm a pretty lazy guy, so watching a movie with subtitles seems like lots of work to me, but it is well worth it. So far, the only other movie I can say this about is Pan's Labyrinth.

This movie has it all. Lots of violence, a love story, and some truly funny moments. Plus, it has that Vic Romano guy from MXC!!!!

Just be aware that you'll need an all-regions DVD player, as it will not play on strict North America region DVD players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I love this movie. It is one of the best movies that have come out of Japan. If you like the hunger games this movie is way way better.
Published 5 months ago by Juggalo Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars What "Hunger Games" was clearly based on minus the Hollywood budget.
It's highly improbable that Suzanne Collins wrote her books without plagiarizing Koushun Takami's "Battle Royale", but while one can debate which ultimately tells the story... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KADC
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is what started it all. Without Battle Royal, Freerunner and The Hunger Games wouldn't exist. Everyone raves about The Hunger Games. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wayne Good
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
If you liked Hunger Games, this book is more... raw! Battle Royale is a story about teenagers caught in a situation where school friends have to kill each other to survive untill... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Danielle Lacombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Met Expectations!
Daughter loves Japanese films. She was so excited to receive this as a gift and has watched it several times!!
Published 16 months ago by Missmac
4.0 out of 5 stars Version française de ce film culte japonais
Finalement disponible, la version française (audio et sous-titres, avec aussi l'audio original japonais) de ce film culte. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sébastien
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese action thriller film
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami.
Published 18 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars kids forced to kill each other...
its a pretty hard concept to get over. A class of grade 9 students, whats that? 15 years old are all forced to fight to the death. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sorpse
3.0 out of 5 stars read excellent book
this movie was based on an excellent book of the same name and remember if you live in the us make sure u buy region 1 encided items for your dvd player.
Published on June 18 2006 by Legend-waitforit-dary
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one word can Descrive this.
Excellent is that word, you like gore and guns, and don't mind reading subtitles, you will love Battle Royale.
Published on Jan. 18 2006
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