Battle Royale 2000

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 a…
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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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  • A "Hunger Games" style movie meant for adults. This film is definitely more violent than The Hunger Games and honestly that makes it a lot more powerful, the kids acting in this movie are brilliant and when they die it means a lot. It's shot amazingly; the imagery is shocking which it NEEDS to be to tell the story properly. Yeah it's over the top at points, but that works in this film. Its bloody which might put some off, but the blood isn't gratuitous in any way, you cannot tell this story without it. It's a powerful work of art and absolutely worthy of viewing for anyone who thought the Hunger Games just wasn't dark enough... and yes I know comparing this to The Hunger Games is cliché, it's also the only comparison that makes sense.

    Lee
  • not too bad.

  • The reviews below are all pretty accurate -- depends what sort of movies you like to watch. There's a typical disjointed awkwardness to the acting, which you see with most Japanese movies... but that doesn't detract from the interesting premise. Not a huge favourite of mine, but I'm glad I've seen it.

  • Fantastic film, if you love a bit of a gore-fest. Or were disappointed with the lack-of in Hunger Games. Crazy plot twists and back-stories, with super enjoyable characters - Masanobu Ando's psychotic school boy is a joy, as are most of the women characters. Definitely a go-to horror flick.

  • A Japanese "Hunger Games" great for those that love the genre

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