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Battle Royale – 2000


Life is a game; it’s survival of the fittest, and for the year 9 class B of Japanese school students, that couldn’t be more true.

It is the not too distant future, and Japanese society as we know it is ruined. All hope is lost for the youth , with compulsory education discontinued and the future looks more than bleak.

The “Battle Royale” act is a revolutionary and sadistic event that sees a random class of schoolchildren placed on a deserted island in which only one can leave alive. Most of the classmates are friends, some being even closer. The “Battle Royale” is above all else, cruel. there are three days allocated for the battling to take place, and each individual is allocated a random weapon.


There are countless subplots, with each story becoming progressively sadder given the circumstances. It truly is the ultimate test for survival and morality.

The criteria given by those running the “Battle Royale” brings out people’s true qualities, some show their best whilst others display their worst. Seeing the sudden and vulgar changes in particular students makes you wonder, what would you do to survive? Would yo be much better than any of these people?

Battle Royale

The deaths are bloody and unwavering in detail, with the style of death and overuse of gore very Tarantino-esque; so it’s no surprise that “Battle Royale” is Quentin Tarantino’s favourite film of the last 30 years. There are clear cut influences for QT films like “Kill Bill” “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” with drawn out tense scenes and over the top blood splatter here, there and everywhere.

The multi-layered, horrific, action-packed thriller is a more realistic, graphic and cruel version of “The Hunger Games”, with several themes from “Battle Royale” laying the foundation for many other survival of the fittest films.

Disturbing and unrelenting in it’s graphic detail, “Battle Royale” is a series of love stories, betrayal, unity, comradery and survival, but ultimately it is a symbol showing what the human race is unfortunately capable of.



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This entry was posted on March 6, 2014 by in International Cinema.
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