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Battle Royale [Blu-ray] (2012)

Chiaki Kuriyama , Takeshi Kitano , Kinji Fukasaku  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chiaki Kuriyama, Takeshi Kitano
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006L4MX0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director’s Cut of the film with Japanese & English language tracks, plus Japanese & English subtitles!

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One Of The Most Controversial Films In History.
Now Available For The First Time Ever In America.

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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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
With the emergence of "The Hunger Games" phenomenon of the last few years, the inevitable comparisons between that franchise and the cult novel "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami have been plentiful. Sure, the two do share strong thematic and narrative similarities, but each has a distinctly unique vibe and explores the back story behind the violence in a different way. The film adaptation of "Battle Royale" by director Kenji Fukasaku garnered almost instant international notoriety in 2000 for its disturbingly bleak portrait of kids set upon one another in a violent death match. Despite being banned and reviled by many, the story's visceral and emotional punch was hard to deny. It was nominated for numerous Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay and won that country's "Popularity Award." The rumor that Hollywood was flirting with an American remake has been circulating for years, but some seem to think that the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" might have hurt the likelihood of this occurrence. In any event, I never had high hopes that an American interpretation could rival the original.

"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.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We, who are about to die... September 21, 2005
"Battle Royale" is a superb film, subtle and sad and over-the-top and loud all at the same time. The story is often compared to "Lord of the Flies," but that is a bit of a misnomer. "Lord of the Flies" was about reverting to primitivism, whereas "Battle Royale" is a futuristic cautionary tale in the tune of "1984" and "Brave New World." The caution at work here is the threat of absolute bureaucracy, and the dangers of the loss of the value of life and respect in a rules-dominated society. This is a threat quite apparent in modern Japan.

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.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Director's Cut June 10, 2007
By Alli
Before you type out a retaliatory positive review- read on!

I want to start off by saying I absolutely LOVE Battle Royale- It is most certainly on my list of favorite movies. HOWEVER- this 'Director's Cut' is total garbage.

Sadly, as with the case for many 'Special Edition' DVDs, Battle Royale: Director's Cut adds unnecessary footage that does nothing to enhance the film. The end is extending by 8 minutes or so - and delves into a sort of epilogue and series of dream sequences.

The Battle Royale wiki explains the changes here: (...)

No attempt was made to clean up the subtitles: I can ignore misspellings and incorrect conjugations - however at one point the subtitles ran off the screen. The subtitles in the added scenes were far worse than that of the rest of the movie.

I am not bashing Battle Royale; I want people to buy the regular version and forget that this Director's Cut is even an option.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie October 4, 2003
Very good movie. I strongly reccomend this movie to anyone who enjoys strange movies, because you've never ever seen a movie like this.
It's the future... Kids have stopped going to class, and are becoming pests. So the government has started a new program called the "BATTLE ROYALE SURVIVAL PROJECT." What happens is that one class of 9th graders a year is chosen by impartial lottery to go onto a deserted island. The kids then get 'voted off' the island. And by 'voted off' I mean they kill each other. Each kid gets a bag, inside is food, water, a map, and a random weapon. With this weapon, they are ordered to kill each other until one remains.
This movie has everything. Violence, plot, character development (somewhat -- enough to satasfy me), and an amazing story. It'll keep you on the end of your seat, or couch, or whatever.
Oh, and if you go out and see the new Tarantino movie, KILL BILL, the actress that plays Liu's bodyguard is one of the kids from Battle Royale.
Buy this movie. I can't stress it enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it was decent
The movie was ok, i forget how Asian movies get into the stupid sensibilities to drag it out for effect. It just come across as chessy to me.
Published 1 day ago by aaron
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Japanese Movie
Good movie, the only bad thing I can find is that it's too short that there are some things you don't quite understand but everything else was awesome.
Published 18 days ago by Cristian Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for rebelious teens /15 and up/..
For all those gmo eating fluoride drinking "experts".Battle Royale is far superior in Uncut Director version. Read more
Published 18 days ago by paul jennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle Royale Great Japanese Film
I was turned onto this film by Kirk Hammett of Metallica's nephew, and it supposedly maybe what Hunger Games was based upon, but a more brutal movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bond_fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Survive
Expect the unexpected. How far are people willing to go to survive when they are pitted against each other on an island.
Published 3 months ago by Itsacar
2.0 out of 5 stars Battle royale
This film is okay for what it is, I don't speak Japanese and maybe the English dub is keeping me from enjoying this film as other people have. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Classic Takeshi, Can't equal the novel or manga.
While this film is both shocking and heart-felt, it does fail to live up to the original novel and even the manga series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trevor T Fawver
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like movies like the Hunger Games, this is a rated-R, bloodier...
Movie is pretty awesome - watched with my night crew on deployment. Think of this movie Hunger Games-like but more gruesome with bad ass kids who need to learn a hard lesson -... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lee Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessentially Japanese
I love this! It is so quintessentially Japanese. The "Hunger Games" long before it was invented. A great cast and a really mischievous and violent story.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Reid
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT in English!
I now have this movie in English. The movie is a great movie. But this copy is a Japanese copy.
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Hartzell
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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
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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.

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