Battle Royale

Battle Royale

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Average of 900 ratings: 3.6 Stars

2000 M Contains violence and horror.

Could you kill your best friend?

At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.

Overseen by a former teacher, Kitano ('Beat' Takeshi), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance. Likened to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange by many critics, this explosive film shocked a nation with its violent portrayal of a society in ruins.

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1.85:1 Widescreen
English Dolby Digital 2.0

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3 by David_Hill

It is a great concept and it is executed with a lot of that stylish Japanese slightly over the top acting and some moderate level gore. Definitely worth taking a look at.

5 by LISA135

What a rollercoaster of a ride! Have seen a few films by Beat Takeshi before, but this is in a league of its own. Recommend it to anyone bored with Hollywood rubbish!

1 by Magpie6

A terrible film! Very much a "B" grade movie. I guess if you were into Japanese B-grade horror films it would be okay. Horrible plot... of kids trying to kill each other and flirting at the same time. There is no redeeming factor in this film.

0.5 by graygray

COMPLETE UTTER GARBAGE! Appalling acting (mostly high pitched screaming and shouting), appalling script, quite bizarre and DEFINITELY not worth even a moment of anyone's time watching this tripe. Beggars... Read more

1 by chickletducks

Terrible movie. People told me this was like Hunger Games so I should watch it, but I really couldn't stand it. Hard to believe it was made in 2000...

4.5 by MillyMax

VERY AWESOME! I liked this, the second one is no good at all.

2 by Brandy123

Battle Royal was I think and experiment and in some ways did come off but the plot was extremely adolescent and the translation even worse. I could not help feeling I was watching a computer game and... Read more

4 by Rachelle13

Loved this movie! Great idea for a movie. The translations were hilarious in part.

5 by Clash

A thoughtful, allegorical, blacker-than-black comedy about change and generational conflict in Japan; where a spiralling-out-of-control and on-the-verge of-collapse economic and social order blames... Read more

5 by john181

Yes this one goes off. Good effects though obviously on a low budget. No need to read the subtitiles the action explains all. These guys top the yanks when it comes to making sick movies. A must see for any avid head splattering fanatic.