Battle Royale: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
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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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I watched this over a decade ago and recently watched it again. Obviously, with such a preposterous premise, I *had* to see this. I don't take pleasure in watching kids murder each other, but I had to see what the filmmakers were thinking. Being someone that doesn't have children (yet), I'm probably not as affected by this film compared to how a parent would.
The film starts off with a summary to explain how these events came to be so that you can suspend your disbelief. It's not an entirely convincing explanation, but whatever, let's get to the carnage! The kids are brought to an island, they are given weapons, and within three days time, the last one standing gets to go home. If two people are standing they will have to eliminate each other or both automatically die. How their deaths are triggered and all the rules of the game are explained by a delightfully cheery video tour guide.
The story does take itself rather seriously. There are violent bloody deaths, with the occasional dark humor throughout to contrast against that. On my first watch (and this is terrible to say but I am allowed to say it), all the kids kind of look similar. However, on a second watch, I was able to tell them apart. I mention this because there about 40-50 characters to start, and until they start thinning themselves out can you take the time to remember who the main players are.
Does this film have a message? I guess, don't piss off adults? Is it a good story? I thought it was rather thrilling in how it all played out. Do I suggest a watch? Definitely, but please know what you are about to get into. Let the battle begin! Recommend.
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