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Batoru rowaiaru [DVD] [Import]
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"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.Read more ›
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".
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.Read more ›
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Before the HungerGames there was this. More melancholy than American version with more teen angst.Published 8 days ago by Boo Radley
Excellent movie. Original story that is well conceived. It's so good that the author of the hunger games stole many of the ideas. Must see!Published 14 months ago by Myles
Un classique du cinéma japonais. Le film crépusculaire sur l'adolescence par excellence... Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Mercadier
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 on May 16 2014 by Juggalo Dave
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 morePublished on April 6 2014 by KADC
This is what started it all. Without Battle Royal, Freerunner and The Hunger Games wouldn't exist. Everyone raves about The Hunger Games. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2014 by Wayne Good
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2013 by Danielle Lacombe