Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Distributed by: Toei
Release date: December 16, 2000
Followed by: Battle Royale II: Requiem
Tatsuya Fujiwara as Shuya Nanahara
Aki Maeda as Noriko Nakagawa
In the near future, when the society of Japan is crumbling, 42 students find that their field trip is actually a military-sponsored game known as Battle Royale. The kids’ sadistic teacher, Kitano, sends them to an isolated island and gives them three days to kill each other until only one remains. Two of the kids, Shuya and Noriko, stay together and further develop their already-formed bond. A transfer student, Kawada, sympathizes with the two and chooses to help them. Others develop a plan to bring down the military game, try to find their crush before they die, or lose their minds and go on killing sprees
STORY. It’s very very interesting and original. The concept of killing your friends, crush or even just your classmates is definitely exciting. Watching this, I kept thinking, what would I do? What should I do? Kill? Or be killed? Can I stand it?
Not only is the concept original, but the “little stories” are also sad. If you’re dying, you do something you thought you would never do. You would want to protect what’s important, find where it is and do anything to save it. The characters are still young yet they were forced to make a decision they can never take it back. It’s so sad and touching how you change and do things for others.
Watch it. It’s ie watching a war between children who’s life isn’t fulfilled yet.
CHARACTERS. I love the story but Nanahara pisses me off. How could he survive when he didn’t really kill?! I mean, everybody was fighting to survive. Doing something for others. He did. I know that. But it was so little. He only really protected Noriko and come on! He was just running around! Good thing he changed in BR 2.
As I said earlier, I like how the characters changed from having I-don’t-care-if-I-have-regrets-and-die attitude to Hell-i’ll-live-and-you-too attitudes. And their acting, the actors, weren’t bad.
FILM. Nice film. Good effects. Good setting.
Watch it. Seriously. It’s not just blood. Tears too.