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Battle Royale

3

The near future. Forty-two Japanese school kids are dumped on a remote island guarded by soldiers. Naturally bewildered, their teacher (Takeshi Kitano) explains that they're this year's victims of the Battle Royale Act, a bill designed to halt violence in schools. The up-shot being that they're each given a weapon and three days to kill their classmates...

Needless to say, Kinji Fukasaku's violent, delirious picture has caused a seismic shudder, its juxtaposition of gushing claret and 15-year-old players proving too much for American distributors in a post-Columbine world. But taken as a brave, unflinching satire - of both reality TV and Japanese society - it's an incredible concept, a film that'll nail-gun you to your seat gasping in shock.

In execution (ho-ho), however, it's a different matter, an excess of characters and plot holes causing this loaded weapon of a movie to occasionally jam. But then who's going to worry about fodder extras when you've got teenagers going head-to-head with stun-guns and axes?

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    • captainchod

      Nov 10th 2009, 12:37

      4

      Blackly funny and a fantastic concept. There is indeed the slight problem of too many characters, some of whom get a brief attempt at characterisation, but mostly these moments are too brief for us to care. However this isn't too much of a problem. Just don't bother with the sequel!

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    • xHattyx

      Jul 14th 2010, 21:33

      5

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    • xHattyx

      Nov 7th 2010, 15:26

      5

      Amazing idea, brilliant film. This film is definitely one/my favorite film so far, you really connect with the characers and I find he storyline realistic ( how people would react) I love hw thy've put in all the different concepts and how its not 'they all lived happily ever after after the government realized they were being meanies' but instead was 'They slaughted some people and are on the run from the government who now cnsider them terrorists, lots of death and rape' its highly disturbing but in a good way, WELL DONE!

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    • lukejt02

      Mar 28th 2011, 22:58

      4

      This is a movie I've been meaning to watch for ages, heard nothing but good things and it didn't disappoint. It's bleak vision of the near future where kids are forced to compete on a last man standing contest is pretty grim. It's well shot and well acted. Some good death scenes too. Can't wait to see the sequel.

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