Friday, April 4, 2008

Battle Royale (2000) - JAPAN

Battle Royale is a film released on December 16, 2000, in Japan — based on the novel of the same name — released on April 22. The film was directed by Kinji Fukasaku and written by Kenta Fukasaku, and stars Takeshi Kitano and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Like the novel on which it is based, it aroused much controversy.

Based on the novel by Takami Koshun, Battle Royale is a thought-provoking tale of 'what if…?'. The film is set in a near-future Japan where the government's concerns about juvenile delinquency and the youth's disregard for discipline and order have paved the way for extreme measures: the methodical extermination of teenage children. The method: groups of high school children are systematically kidnapped and brought to a deserted island. They are given weapons and food and an order: to go out and kill each other. The last one standing is allowed back into society.It's a brutal premise and what follows is inevitably a brutal film. Fukasaku never has pulled any punches when it comes to showing violence on screen, and this time around it comes bloodier than ever. This has prompted some to judge the film as little more than a stylised blood bath, a Friday the 13th with guns and younger victims.

BATTLE ROYALE is a film that should not be easily ignored, and will not be easily forgotten...the faces of those kids are likely to linger long after the credits stop. A modern classic about the folly of violence.

Out of all of the horror/survival films this is definitely one of the best .

Highly Recommended :

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1 comment:

CJ said...

I recently watched this film and I must agree when you say that it definitely cannot be ignored. This is the kind of film that plays on your mind for a long time after watching it..
I highly recommend this film, yes it's violent, yes it's disturbing (I spent the whole film with my jaw open due to the way everything can get so out of hand and everything you thought you knew can change when it's kill or be killed) But yes, It's a masterpiece.