Battle Royale [Blu-ray]
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In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (BOILING POINT, BROTHER) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director's Cut of Kinji Fukasaku's uncompromising masterpiece -- nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards -- available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.
''My favorite movie of the last 20 years…I wish I had made this movie.'' - Quentin Tarantino
''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.'' - Entertainment Weekly
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"Battle Royale" is being released in two incarnations, a film only DVD/ Blu-ray or "The Complete Collection" DVD/Blu-ray.
Film Only: This includes the Director's Cut of the film. First, the story is about a future Japan whose economy is in collapse and whose crime rate is spiraling out-of-control. In an effort to temper this uptick in violence by the juvenile population, the government has sanctioned an annual contest. In the movie, forty-two middle school aged students are dropped off and left to battle one another for survival. They are armed and coerced into fighting, for there can be only one winner left alive.Read more ›
The actors in "Battle Royale" all deliver excellent performances, including the amazing talent "Beat" Takeshi Kitano playing the appropriately named "Kitano." The film was not directed by Takeshi however, so it lacks his beautiful visual style. It does however feature one of his riveting paintings. There is a good range of responses from the various actors playing the students, from outright suicide, to panic, to a drive to win to a drive to help. Unfortunately, the character of Kazuo Kiriyama (the machine gun boy) is woefully underdeveloped, and instead of the fierce, cold genius of the book he is a somewhat characterless villain.
While a violent film, I wouldn't characterize "Battle Royale" as an action film per se. Anyone looking for a Hong Kong-style action film should realize that Japan and China are quite different countries with different approach to movies.. "Battle Royale" retains the quietude and patient pacing that is the hallmark of Japanese cinema, and which leaves some viewers bored, who are used to a quicker pacing. The bloodshed, while in great quantity, is also more cartoony in nature, which is also more typical of Japanese films, which does not favor a naturalistic approach.Read more ›
"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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite movie! Better than Hunger Games! (My opinion)
I choose to watch it in the original Japanese even though there are English subtitles on the bottom of the TV screen.
Cannot watch because description wasn't clear that it is region coded and cannot be watched in the USA. Very disappointed since I love this cult classic movie :(Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's melodramatic. It's not the most realistic movie I've ever seen. It's the Hunger Games before there was Hunger Games.
And I love it. Read more
Amazing movie. It's great to have it dubbed to introduce it to people who won't read subtitles.Published 4 months ago by trevor noble
Battle Royale is social commentary covered in blood. Beyond that, it is a tough film to describe since it is both absurd and serious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
Although the book was extremely detailed, this film misses some important aspects of it, but regardless, excellent moviePublished 5 months ago by CLAIRE
delivered on time, not a bad movie but as usual the book is betterPublished 5 months ago by michael
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|On the sleeve art...||
Thanks for the shout-out! It's indeed a Photoshop Disaster (that site even covered it!). I'm guessing the designer and his bosses figured the printed sleeves would be dark enough to obscure the magic floating shotgun (or the shotgun-balancing penis, take your pick LOL), but when they got the... Read More
Mar 31, 2012 by Brian T | See all 6 posts
|Hollywood never stops with the racist cropping, does it?||
As a huge fan of Asian cinema, I have to admit I've seen this more times than I care to admit.
As a graphic designer however, I can say with certainty that this design technique is common in advertising/marketing, and has been used on movie posters and sleeves depicting white people (especially... Read More
Feb 9, 2012 by Brian T | See all 3 posts
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