Battle Royale

Battle Royale

Kinji Fukasaku (2000)

108min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Much has been made of the violence in this action thriller from Kinji Fukasaku. The film depicts an annual competition of the future in which, as a lesson to unruly youth, a class of schoolchildren are taken to an island, equipped with various weapons and given just three days to reduce their number to the sole survivor who will then be allowed to rejoin society. Each is fitted with an explosive collar to make sure they play the game - like Survivor but by way of Lord of the Flies. Based on a novel by Koshun Takami, this is a film of contrasting moods, with moments of bleak comedy and grotesque horror being interspersed with genuinely touching insights into teen trauma. It's occasionally ragged, but the characterisation is sharp - particularly Takeshi as a world-weary former teacher who monitors the teenagers' "progress" - and the murderous set pieces are often inspired.

Summary

As teenage crime spirals out of control, the Japanese government adopt a hardline approach, sending classes of youngsters to an isolated island where they will be forced to kill or be killed in ever more horrifying ways. Thriller, starring Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda and Taro Yamamoto. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Kitano Takeshi Kitano
Shogo Kawada, male student 5 Taro Yamamoto
Kazuo Kiriyama, male student 6 Masanobu Ando
Hiroki Sugimura, male student 11 Sosuke Takaoka
Shuya Nanahara, male student 15 Tatsuya Fujiwara
Niida Yoriyuki, male student 16 Hirohito Honda
Yukie Utsumi, female student 2 Eri Ishikawa
Noriko Nakagawa, female student 15 Aki Maeda
Takako Chigusa, female student 13 Chiaki Kuriyama
Director Kinji Fukasaku
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Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Metro TartanGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Sep 2001
Drama