Battle Royale

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Battle Royale
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Genre: Survival dystopian thriller
Directed By: Kinji Fukasaku
Written By: Kenta Fukasaku
Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara
Aki Maeda
Takeshi Kitano
Chiaki Kuriyama
Tarล Yamamoto
Masanobu Andล
Kou Shibasaki
Distributed By: Toei Company
Release Date: December 16, 2000
Country: Japanese
Sequel: Battle Royale II: RequiemAMW

Battle Royale (Japanese: ใƒใƒˆใƒซใƒปใƒญใƒฏใ‚คใ‚ขใƒซ; Hepburn: Batoru Rowaiaru) is a Japanese dystopian action thriller film adapted from the best-selling 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami.


In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nationโ€™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.

Why It Rocks

  1. The concept and analysis of Battle Royale, about many people fighting each other to the death on an uninhabited remote island until the last person standing to be rewarded freedom, is very creative.
  2. It is very faithful to the novel that was based on.
  3. Likable and powerful characters who survive and work with each other and even have tragic backstories from Shuya Nanahara to Noriko Nakagawa, Shogo Kawada and the other survivors.
  4. Excellent casting choices like Takeshi Kitano, who portrayed the main antagonist teacher Kitano.

Bad Qualities

  1. It caused controversy due to the graphic violence featured in the film.
  2. The sequel isn't received well.


Battle Royale got overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.

On Metacritic, the movie has a critic rating of 81/100 ("universal acclaim") and a user score of 7.9/10 ("generally favourable reviews").[1]


  • Quentin Tarantino (known for directing Pulp Fiction) said Battle Royale was his favourite film. He says: "If thereโ€™s any movie thatโ€™s been made since Iโ€™ve been making movies that I wish I had made, itโ€™s that one."
    • Chiaki Kuriyama, who played Takako Chigusa in the movie, won her role as Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill thanks to her role in the former.


The movie's official trailer

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