Battle Royale 2 Revenge Uncut SE
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October 11, 2005
Extended special revenge edition
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This brand new revenge edition is 17 minutes longer then the previous release. The language is Japanese with English Subtitles. Extra features include: Footage from the movie's gala premiere, Alternate "Farewell to the Piano", Warsaw Orchestra scene, Trailers and TV spots, Theatrical premiere stage greeting, Kinji Fukasaku birthday stage greeting, Deleted scenes, Behind the scenes specials, and more! Before Kinji Fukasaku passed away he vowed to spend the last of his days working on the sequel to 2000's Battle Royale. Despite his illness, Kinji turned down 24 hour medical assistance in favour of finishing as much as he could, knowing that no amount of treatment could help him at his terminal stage. When he passed away the directing reigns were handed down to his son, Kenta who finally presented an eagerly awaiting world with Battle Royale II. Part II takes place three years after the events of the original BR program and sees survivor Nanahara taking charge of anti-state organisation terrorist outfit: "The Wild Seven". His organisation has declared war on the adults who previously forced school kids to engage in war under the BR regime. The government finds itself in a desperate situation and passes a new anti-terrorism act called Battle Royale II. The class 3-B of Shikanotoride high school are taking a school trip by bus and upon waking up they find themselves wearing metal collars and taken by a military outfit to a secret location. Here they meet their sensei, Riki Takeuchi who tells them that they have three days to hunt down and kill Nanahara or face a certain death by his hands. Given soldier's uniforms and machine guns they are soon sent out to the island where Nanahara and his group are hiding. The fight for survival begins once more.
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Director : Kinji Fukasaku
- Media Format : Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 35 minutes
- Release date : October 11, 2005
- Actors : Tatsuya Fujiwara, Riki Takeuchi, Sonny Chiba
- Studio : Toei
- ASIN : B000KF0W30
- Number of discs : 1
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sad but true,,,,
War itself is not prejudiced. It does not matter how young or old you are, nor does it matter your race, sex, IQ. The point being here, is that war is always declared by people sitting in a room and then they tell others to go out and finish what has been started.
The storyline in this film is simple. The BR act has spawned an enemy of past BR survivors which are to be looked at as terrorists (post 9/11 influence). Now, a class of unsuspecting students are "drafted" to fight a war.
The scene where the teacher is giving the daily "death tolls" over the loud speaker as "Silent Night" is heard playing. Somewhat poetic.
Maybe this is too tough of a concept for most viewers to fathom about the harshness of how the real world is!?
In short Battle Royale II kicks major butt, better than the first.
It has been three years since the original Battle Royale and Shuya Nanahara has formed a terrorist group known as the Wild Seven, which consists of previous Battle Royale Winners. The government passes a new Battle Royale Act, the Millenium Anti-Terrorism Act. A class of delinquents, Shikanotoride Junior high Class 3-B, is selected.
In this program, the class works as a group and has 3 days to kill Shuya Nanahara. Also, their collars are linked together with another student, and if their partner dies, they die.
There has been much criticism on this film. one is that the class teacher, Riki Takeuchi, overracts too much and the acting is horrible. HIS DAUGHTER DIED!! He may act crazy, but we also get to see his other side, how he is torn apart inside, and tries to do the right thing. Also, some say their is a lack of character development. Such was the case in the first film. Do we learn much about Yuichiro, Tadakatsu, Mizuho, Kaori, Tatsumichi, Yoshio, Mayumi, Izumi, hiroshi, Ryuhei, or Sho? We don't, but we still feel bad for them, because they had to fight their classmates. In BRII, they don't try to kill each other, but they are terrified! numerous do not speak, but they are still teenagers who lost their lives. We feel sorry for all of them. Actually, I think this movie expands on the main characters even more. Instead of having tons of out of place falshbacks, most of the time their personality shows through their action and dialogue. Shuya may be different too, but he had to live through the experience of seeing his friends die.
I must admit, this movie is not perfect, and may seen boring sometimes, but you should appreciate it for what it is. Don't go into it thinking it will be exactly like the first film, because it is not. It has completely
different concepts, because it is a different movie. Be sure to have an open mind when you see it.
Why not just take all of the first film's fans and shoot them in the face? That would have at least been merciful.
Instead, Kenta Fukasaku, who took the helm of Number 2 when his old man Kinji croaked, rips off everything insane, edgy, dangerous, and gloriously bloodthirsty about the infamous Battle Royale---pretty much "Lord of the Flies" with an NRA membership and exploding necklace IEDs---and turns it into a steaming cauldron of rhinoceros doodle.
Without a doubt the younger Fukasaku was already in an untenable position: #1, he had to finish what his old man had started. And #2, he had to make a sequel to Battle Royale, a wicked, deviant, deeply troubled cult classic, full of sound and fury (oh yes, especially fury) signifying total carnage.
So going in, did I expect Kenta Fukasaku to top his old man? No. But did he have a make this atrocity?
BR2 badly wants to be Battle Royale, like a little changeling dwarf child badly wants to be a real boy. So it has all the ingredients, all the trimmings, all the neato stuff Kenta thought he should include, of the first flick: the graduating class riding together on the bus; the nerve gas interlude; the chaotic broil of soldiers, armor, helicopters, klieg lights, herding Shenizaru Middle School #4 into the Death Room for guns, gear, and a little object lesson in what happens to disobedient children (hint: spare the beeping collar, spoil the child).
This time our class has been drugged and dragooned by their Sensei (Riki Takeuchi, who chomps pills like Rush Limbaugh in a fright wig and later really switches it up for a groovy last-minute mass die-in, donning his rugby gear and death-collar to get into the game, you know, really show you what it means to be the ball, BE THE BALL BABY!)---hauled to a military camp on a desolate beach overlooking, um, Monster Island, and forced to don battle-dress to take out that dastardly bunch of truants, the Terrorists, now doing a little Brand Management(tm) as the Wild Seven. Jeez, and you thought high school Detention was rough.
The rest of the flick goes by the numbers and on the Bounce, as follows:
1) Kids storm the beach! Machine-guns chew up the Kids like they're beef jerky in an all-night truck stop!
2) Gratuitous Syrupy Flashback! OK: the first flick did this too, chiefly as a way to develop character on the fly. But a) you actually cared about the characters in the first BR, and b) the first BR didn't chow down on donkey rungus.
3) Kids/Special Forces/Army/Tac-Nuke Storm the Beach! (see #1, above)
4) Lead Terrorist Guy Emotes! Makes rousing speech!
5) Gratuitous Syrupy Flashback!
6) Kids Storm the Beach!
That's the film, and it goes on for what feels like, uh, eternity. Comparing BR2 to its infamous predecessor is like comparing Bizarro to Superman. The guy's got the color scheme right, you know, same hairdo, red cape, flies around, faster than a speeding bullet and so on, sure, but there's something---wrong. Something off. Like a Hot Fudge Sunday, only with liquid squid sclooge for a topping instead of hot fudge.
It is monstrously terrible. It is ploddingly derivative. It is howlingly incompetent. It can be funny, though---in a "we're laughing at you, not with you" way. Example: the Military kidnapped the kids, bullied and beaten them, shoved guns and billy clubs in their faces, slammed them into the blood-smeared concrete floor, shot one of their number at point-blank range, popped the tops off two others like ripe grapefruit courtesy of their necklace-bombs, and then force-marched the rest out to Monster Island on a suicide mission---and even so, one radio-man slaps his cheeks McCauley Culkin style later in the movie and shouts in shock and surprise "Commander! This is impossible---your class has joined up with the terrorists!" Betrayal! No way!
Credit to Kenta for portraying us (America, baby, yeah!) as the monsters we are. We worked hard for it! That's right: just as a hot crap Sundae would be nothing without a cockroach doodle on top, BR2 manages to underscore and highlight its own inferiority by being pointlessly, gratuitously anti-American. The survivors end up hiding out with the Taliban (and, evidently, a papier-mache tank) in Afghanistan. The chicks are in burkhas. One of the schoolboys is even named "Osamu". GET IT? OSAMU, GET IT?
Taken another way, "BR2" is the ultimate Daddy Movie, a Far Eastern take on the Big O (for Oedipus, not Oprah): a non-stop cage fight with a barrel of Daddy Issues! The Ingenue & Beat Takeshi---Daddy Issues! The Grown-Ups v. the Kids---Daddy Issues! The Cool Emoting Hero with a Revolutionary Father---Daddy Issues! And best of all, the Ultimate Daddy-Kiddy Relationship, Japan v. the USA---Daddy Issues!
Whatever. BR2 is hardly an act of filial piety: if Kenta wanted to strike a blow at Daddy from Hell's Dark Heart, why not just snort the old man's ashes over a cheeseburger, the Keith Richards way? That would have been kinder (& certainly more interesting to watch).
If I've made this swill seem enjoyable, I've failed: this is shoddily done tedium that is a snooze to sit through. Kenta Fukasaku has made a war flick that really is The Bomb---just not the kind he was hoping for.