Battle Royale


At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of collapse. Unemployment is endemic and school violence is out of control. The beleaguered government retaliates with Battle Royale... Each year, a randomly chosen class is pitted against itself on an abandoned island in a cruel game of survival. The rules of the game are simple: 1) it lasts three days; 2) Each player starts with food, water and a "weapon"; 3) if more than one player survives, everyone dies (by detonating special electronic necklaces; 4) there is no escape. As the game progresses, terror and panic challenge the students' fragile trust in each other. But despite the game's brutality, the adolescent players remain obsessed with their crushes, their petty grudges - and their dreams...

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Starring: Takeshi Kitano,Tatsuya Fujiwara,Aki Maeda,Taro Yamamoto

Runtime: 114

Over the years this movie has become a cult classic. It is a violent and gory action-thriller. You can rest easy, this is not a horror movie per se, it is not scary, just very bloody.

So if you've always wanted to watch a gory Japanese movie but didn't know where to start, this is your answer. You might also see some familiar faces. Chiaki Kuriyama, whom we all know as the flail wielding girl from Kill Bill, and Tatsuya Fujiwara from the Death Note live actions.

This movie being an 18 certainly limits its audience, but that doesn't take away from the creative story telling and plot.

It's a indie world cinema film to keep an eye out for.


by Darya hmv Milton Keynes