Battle Royale (2000)

BattleRoyale

DIRECTED BY: Kinji Fukasaku
STARRING: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama
RATED: NR
OPINION STARS: 2 out of 5
THIS FILM IS: Gory, Goofy, Bizarre
DESCRIPTION: With the nation on the verge of collapse, the Japanese government introduces the Battle Royale Act: a brutal new punishment in which randomly chosen students are taken to a deserted island and forced to fight to the death.
VIOLENCE & GORE: 10/10
FRIGHTENING CONTENT: 6/10
FOUL LANGUAGE: 7/10
MATURE THEMES: 7/10
SEXUALITY & NUDITY: 4/10
NOTE: Based on the novel by Koushun Takami. This, ladies and gents, is a movie that desperately wants to be more important than it actually is. A sobering examination of friendship and violence? Not really. The characters are underdeveloped – their relationships even more so – and the violence is alternately numbing and goofy. A satire? Maybe, but I’ll be darned if I know what the target is. The film’s frequent attempts to make me take it seriously were undercut by the fact that the director himself doesn’t even seem to take it seriously. Take away the stylish production values and bombastic classical score, and what you’ve got is a pretentious, exploitive high school slasher with a B-grade story and a C-grade script. It’s like The Hunger Games with a lower IQ and a higher bloodlust. (And yes, I know Battle Royale came first; I also know that The Hunger Games does this stuff way better.)
NOT RECOMMENDED

“You just have to fight for yourself; no one’s going to save you. That’s just life, right?”

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