Battle Royale

Synopsis: Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. 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. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?
Director(s): Kinji Fukasaku
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  7 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

At the time of release

this film was certified 15

by the Board of Classification

due to "scenes of severe violence,

"making it unsuitable for those

"ofjunior high school age and under",

so under 15s were not allowed to see it.

For home viewing, we advise discretion

of parents or a guardian as to those

in your household who can view this film.



At the dawn of the millennium,

the nation collapsed.

At 15% unemployment,

and juvenile crime rates soared.

Adults had lost all confidence,

and now fearing the youth

they eventually passed

the Millennium Educational Reform Act.

the BR Act.

This year Zentsuji Middle School's

Class E was chosen

from among 43,000 9th grade classes.

This year's game was

even more blistering than the last.

Look, there she is!

The winner is a girl!

Surviving a battle that raged

for 2 days, 7 hours and 43 minutes,

the winner is a girl!

Look, she's smiling! Smiling!

That's clearly a smile!

Certificate 15:

Under 15s will not be admitted


My mum left when I was in 4th grade,

and on my first day of 7th grade,

Dad hung himself.

"Go Shuya!

You can do it, Shuya!"

Everything went totally crazy.

I didn't have a clue what to do

and no one else helped me.

- Good morning.

- What?

Sorry, l'm late...

What's going on?



Soon after,

this particular teacher left the school.

But no matter how crazy

the world became,

we all managed to have fun.

Before we knew it, our compulsory

education was coming to an end.

- Teacher!

- Sorry!

- Let's go.

- No...

Come on, let's go.

Sorry, let us through.

Nanahara, l've made some cookies.

l thought l could share them out.

- Would you like some, Nobu?

- Really? Thanks!

- Look over here.

- OK.

Say "cheese"!

Noriko's been waiting ages

to give them to you.

- Megumi!

- Shuya, you have some too.

l'm fine. You eat them, Nobu.

Nakagawa, you know what...?

l'm glad l came.

- Thanks.

- Don't mention it, Nobu.

- The picture is ready!

- l'm hardly in it!

Hey, Nakagawa!

- Nobu.

- Huh? What...?

After you.

- Kitano!

- Kitano?

Can't be...!

- OK, sit down.

- Sit down!

lt's been a while.

lt's me, Kitano,

your teacher from back in 7th Grade.

l'm taking Class B over again.

Let's all be friends.

Two transfer students are joining us

from today. That's Kawada over there.

And Kiriyama over there.

Be nice to them.


Hey, don't mess about.

What is this place?

Where the hell are we?

Who are these people?

Do you know about this law?

No good. Not good at all.

This country is now good for nothing.

Want to know why?

l said no whispering!

That hurt!

When someone's talking,

shut up and listen.

Can l go to the bathroom?

Chigusa, can you wait a little?

l missed you guys.


You really hurt my ass.

l told you not to bother with school,

didn't l? That you were a lost cause.

But then you really did

just stop going to school!

That's no good.

And now you come back

just for the class trip!

Listen up!

Because of folks like Kuninobu here,

this country is now a total wreck.

So the bigwigs got together

and passed this law:

Battle Royale.

So today's lesson is

you kill each other off...

...till there's only one of you left.

Nothing is against the rules.

What's so funny?


What are you talking about?

This can't possibly...

Your teacher, Mr Hayashida, was very

opposed to the selection of Class B.

Calm down.

We have here a failure as an adult.

Be careful that you don't become

an adult like him.

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Kenta Fukasaku

Kenta Fukasaku (深作 健太, Fukasaku Kenta, born September 15, 1972 in Tokyo) is a Japanese filmmaker and screenwriter. He is the son of film director Kinji Fukasaku and actress Sanae Nakahara. more…

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