This could never and would never have been the case with this film. . Adults and children alike read comics by the droves, and sometimes pops up a strange, not-too-well-hidden undercurrent of pedophilia. It is very difficult to give an objective comment on this movie. I thought it was great too but it's bogus, for the most part. To another commentator who felt that this film sticks with you less than Scream, I simply fail to find this to be anywhere close to the truth. Battle Royale is a film that exercises its right to explore an idea.
I should mention that I love to play Counter-Strike myself and will continue to play it in the future. I was immersed into this crazy scenario that may seem absolutely ridiculous at first, but once you look at it, it almost turns into a not so outlandish thought. The characters in the film, though Japanese, can be related right back to the kids you knew in high school. Others feel the need to fulfill their sexual desires, who wants to die as a virgin, right? This movie takes the heavily cliquish, often childish, and often incomprehensible to me social system of young Japanese boys and girls and gives them guns. Rated R-15 forbidden to under 15 , very, very violent, but nonetheless interesting.
A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. Children have the innocence that makes the brutality of this film that much more shocking, adults in the same situation would have had the reaction from audiences of cheering at the screen as the hero dispatches yet another victim. What brings such a bizarre idea to fruition includes civil unrest, teenage anxiety, and a nation literally terrorized by their youth. It's an awkward time that is all about experience and misunderstandings. Many films have great ideas but most are poorly realized. But through their ignorance of the culture this film springs from, they are missing its subtleties.
It taps into something so deep that you really have to think about it. I don't just mean that in terms of foreign films, I mean in terms of film. At first this fact upset me. The transcription of the inner thoughts of the characters, which is one of the strengths of the book, is averagely well retranscripted. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred with a few minor rules game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. Symister 2002 Battle Royale is based on the shockwave novel by Koushun Takami, which is a bestseller in Japan, and which has become very controversial in a very short time and it is really easy to understand why.
Can you really label the dialogue as lousy in those circumstances? She was Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill Vol 1. I wish it could but the damage has already been done and now there is no place for a film that challenges socio-political norms or has subtitles. For those that don't know, the film focuses on what happens when a group of high school students are sent to an abandoned island to kill each other. What does an assault rifle sound like? The classmates then have 3 days to kill each other off until there is only one student left. Let me tell you why. If you enjoy Battle Royale then Kinji Fukasaku, who directed and adapted the film for the screen along with his son Kenta, will be able to rest in peace.
I couldn't believe my eyes. For too long, Hollywood has been the dominant authority on filmmaking in the world. Sure, these weapons are also on the streets and in some parts of the world they are even in the hands of children as young as five years-old but the videogame set up creates a comfortable experience with such weapons. I don't hate the game, I'm just pointing out that it does present a fairly realistic portrayal of weapons. Most notably, the gorgeous Chiaki Kuriyama Chigusa.
School shootings shocked the world when children started killing their peers. The deaths in Scream although bloody are nothing but pastiche of those films that Scream is mimicking, ultimately throwaway deaths that up in brutality in order to out-do the last one that have one or two psychotic perpetrators, who eventually get their comeuppance. Take it from me, the characters and situations are very realistic. Friends kill other friends and bullies all to survive. Being on the island forces unchecked emotions and feelings to flow out of the characters because death is on the horizon. Intelligent writing, great acting, beautiful locations, and decent effects bring this film together. There are so many sceptics and people who are unable to maturely grasp the concept of the film.
Certain battles and events really did happen. There are rabid fans of Battle Royale and there are even more people that hate it. A class is selected by impartial lottery and the grades seem totally random, as indicated by the shot of the 1st or 2nd grader in the opening sequence and sent to an undisclosed, evacuated location. Naturally, some go insane and mutter those math equations that their teachers promised them would be valuable in the real world. It's such a great comment on how we are living in the 21st century in a time when frequently the fear for a country comes from within rather than outside forces.
Only occasionally does the camera pan away from the final deed. I've been teaching in a Japanese high school for three years now. Kinji Fukasaku made a film called Battle Royale back in 2000. Young people are much more volatile than they ever were say 20-30 years ago and Battle Royale captures the essence of the horror that today's youth would face going into such a circumstance. Could you kill your best friend from high school if the two of you are stuck on an island of death? The nature of the film lies in its deconstruction of Friendships, Trust and our views on Innocence.