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  Midnight Eye review: Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003, director: Kinji FUKASAKU, Kenta FUKASAKU)
By any definition, Battle Royale would have proven an admirable swansong, but nevertheless, he decided to forego medical treatment in order to start work on the follow-up, based on an original idea by his son.
After a terse battle to reach the Wild Seven base, where they are encircled by the activists and their collars are removed, the survivors are welcomed into Nanahara's ranks in a sequence so misplaced it will bowl you over.
Of course, the very focus of the Battle Royale films is that war inevitably implicates children, as the director knows all too well having worked in a munitions factory as a child during the bombing raids on Tokyo in the War, and that those children that survive will always carry the scars.
www.midnighteye.com /reviews/battroy2.shtml   (1498 words)

 Monsters At Play: Battle Royale Review
Battle Royale is a film that has many faces, or dare I say wears many hats.
Battle Royale is not a film for everyone, but since you're here at Monsters at Play, I'm going to assume it may be a film for you.
Battle Royale is presented in what appears to be a 1.85:1 aspect ratio (it's not marked on the packaging anywhere) and it looks damn good.
www.monstersatplay.com /review/dvd/b/battle_royale.php   (787 words)

 Battle Royale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Battle Royale (ISBN 156931778X) was first published in Japan in April 1999, and it is one of Japan's best-selling and most controversial novels.
It later formed the basis for a popular movie (which spawned a sequel), and has been adapted as a manga series (released in 15 volumes, which were later adapted into English by Keith Giffen and published by TOKYOPOP), which itself now has a sequel.
Battle Royale takes place in an alternate timeline; according to the book's prologue, Japan is a police state, known as the Republic of Greater East Asia (大東亜共和国 Dai Tōa Kyōwakoku).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_Royale   (699 words)

 Battle Royale review
Battle Royale is almost a Ten Little Indians set in modern Japan, where an economic slowdown and growing pessimism have created a social crisis generating unemployment and violence.
Battle Royale underlines the increase in violence by transcending it, with junior high and high schools being the main targets of this phenomenon.
Battle Royale is violent, probably shocking, often sadistic (for example the scene where two girls calling for brotherhood are shot); Fukasaku wants to move the audience and the society.
www.plume-noire.com /movies/cult/battleroyale.html   (985 words)

 Midnight Eye review: Battle Royale (2000, director: Kinji FUKASAKU)
The furor over Battle Royale reverberated across the globe, creating a buzz which, in the commercial sense, certainly hasn't done the film any harm, having been already released in a number of foreign territories.
In Japan too, Kinji Fukasaku's battle first with the censors and subsequently with parliament (as detailed in our interview with the director), helped boost audience numbers.
Battle Royale is a powerful, blood red barrage of a film.
www.midnighteye.com /reviews/battroyl.shtml   (590 words)

 Battle Royale
A sensation in its native Japan and nigh unreleasable in the U.S., Battle Royale is one of the year's most amazing movies-a vicious take-off on reality TV that turns a high-school milieu dominated by cliques and childish relationships into a war zone.
Battle Royale is in part wish fulfillment for adults who are fed up with, and maybe a little afraid of, the younger generation.
Mostly, Battle Royale is a war movie, with all the violence that hand-to-hand combat suggests and then some.
www.deep-focus.com /flicker/battlero.html   (798 words)

 Battle Royale (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kitano informs them that, due to their juvenile delinquency, they have been selected as participants in Battle Royale, a game where the students have to kill each other until only one is left; if, after three days, a winner is not declared, everyone dies (by way of explosive collars attached to each student's neck).
A Battle Royale fansite, battleroyalefilm.net, reported that the creators of the sequel postponed the release of the DVD (originally scheduled for June 9, 2004) to later that year, due to 'current events' which at the time was the killing by an 11-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, known as Nevada-tan, of her classmate Satomi Mitarai.
Battle Royale is referenced in Thank You For Smoking, where the Boss's nickname is "BR".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_Royale_(movie)   (2054 words)

 Battle Royale II: Requiem (JAPAN 2003)
Enter Battle Royale II, a sequel which may one day typify the statement, "The sequel was unnecessary." Instead of the first film's enclosed reality show environment, the events of BR2 are painted on a larger, potentially more explosive canvas.
Battle Royale II ups the violence considerably from the original, and as the kids storm the beaches of Wild Seven's stronghold (ala Saving Private Ryan), the players start getting dropped left and right.
Battle Royale 2 is certainly technically impressive, and there is a visceral feel to the blood and guts that gets spewed across the screen.
www.lovehkfilm.com /panasia/battle_royale_2.htm   (1486 words)

 ToxicUniverse.com - Kinji Fukasaku - 2001 - Battle Royale Movies Review
Battle Royale has a somewhat humorous approach—as each victim is killed, we’re treated to an updated scorecard that lists who died and how many students are left.
Grandstanding politicians (who found Battle Royale an easy target, guaranteed to boost their popularity) expressed outrage, and the film was nearly banned (no small feat in Japan, a country that has very few issues with cinematic violence).
Battle Royale also makes pointed commentary about the cutthroat nature of the Japanese education system—a system well-known for its fierce competition to do well and succeed after the ninth-grade level.
www.toxicuniverse.com /review.php?rid=10001763   (1433 words)

Battle Royale, a film by the veteran Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku, tells the story of a dystopic future in which each year, a randomly-selected 9th grade class is kidnapped and sent to a deserted island where they are equipped with weapons and are forced to kill each other until one survivor is left.
Battle Royale has screened a handful of times in the United States, in some instances as part of a Kinji Fukasaku retrospective that toured the U.S. in 2001 and in the 2001 Seattle and Cleveland Film Festivals.
The Special Version of Battle Royale was released theatrically in April 2001, four months after the theatrical release of the original version.
www.battleroyalefilm.net /movie   (516 words)

 Battle Royale II
he original 'Battle Royale' will probably be remembered as a landmark film due to it's unique premise that forced audiences worldwide to sit up and take notice of Japanese cinema.
With the announcement of a sequel though, there were many instantaneous obstacles to overcome ranging from the lack of returning cast members (due to their untimely deaths in the original) to the threat of re-treading the same ground by placing the characters in identical circumstances.
It's interesting to see that 'Battle Royale II' avoids the pitfalls of instigating a higher classed remake of it's predecessor, opting instead to continue the story from a wider perspective that questions the overall morality of war and the causalities it causes.
www.dragonsdenuk.com /reviews/battle_royale_ii.htm   (1026 words)

 Batoru rowaiaru (2000)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The instruction video that is shown to the `contestants' features a young and beautiful girl who, wearing a similar necklace as the contestants, instructs with an overly cheery fashion the rules and layout of Battle Royale, while at the same time their former teacher taunts them sadistically.
Also a certain subconscious like text appears to the characters in times of need, this can be interpreted as the directors way of showing last thoughts that go through a dying contestants head before they finally die or the despair or motive of a contestant.
He directed over 60 movies in his lifetime of which Battle Royale was the last one, and while some have proposed that he had lost his touch over the years, BR proves otherwise.
us.imdb.com /title/tt0266308   (949 words)

 Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale is based on a novel which presented this not-so-alternate world, and explored the motivations of the kids and the adults.
Battle Royale also features a great deal of suspense, and uses death toll alerts in much the same way that High Noon used the clock on the wall.
Battle Royale is a terrific film, and makes one think about what's beyond all the violence that surrounds us.
www.lovehkfilm.com /panasia/battle_royale.htm   (1537 words)

 Battle Royale Movie Review by Anthony Leong from MediaCircus.net
Under the provisions of the BR Act, a yearly Battle Royale is held in which a randomly chosen class of junior high school students are issued weapons and forced to play a twisted Darwinian game of survival in which there can be only one winner.
After a special screening by members of parliament and other government officials, "Battle Royale" was labeled 'crude and tasteless' and quickly became a battle cry for more government action on media violence, which up until then, had never been an issue.
One of the more interesting scenes in "Battle Royale" illustrates how trust can quickly become undermined, as a seemingly stable alliance among a group of female students degenerates into a bloodbath after suspicions are raised.
www.mediacircus.net /battleroyale.html   (1445 words)

 Amazon.com: Battle Royale: DVD: Tatsuya Fujiwara,Takeshi Kitano,Kinji Fukasaku,Genre: Drama / Thriller / Action / Horror   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
BATTLE ROYALE has its moments of "score-keeping" via graphics that appear, tallying the names of those who have died as well as how many students are left.
Battle Royale takes place in Japan during a time in which the insolence and lack of motivation of the populous has driven the government into action.
Battle Royale is set in dystopian Japan, where the government runs a yearly "program" that randomly selects a high school class to be forcibly sent to an isolated island.
www.amazon.com /Battle-Royale-Tatsuya-Fujiwara/dp/B000BBYMA2   (2342 words)

 Teleport City
Battle Royale does wonders in establishing personalities for the characters in a very short amount of time, and that adds strength to the story.
I think Battle Royale is bloodier but no less savage or intense than Lord of the Flies, but because it's using guns instead of pointy sticks, and because it's a movie instead of a book, it's going to get a lot more attention.
Battle Royale possesses a few problems that, while easy to ignore in my opinion, are still worth mentioning.
www.teleport-city.com /movies/reviews/a-b/battle_royale.html   (4514 words)

 [KFCC] Battle Royale Review
With the chaotic situation the government enacts the Battle Royale act, which consists of selected one of the poorest performing classes and sending off to an island where they must fight for survival and only one student can leave alive.
The students have 3 days to complete the game or everyone dies due to explosive devices on their necks, they are given random weapons and the only rules to follow is avoid the danger zone and don't cause any trouble or the army will kill them.
The supposed film was called Battle Royale and the movie had students fight to the death on a desert island, an orgy of violence depicted teenagers as the murderers.
www.kfccinema.com /reviews/horror/battleroyale/battleroyale.html   (1137 words)

 GreenCine | product main - Battle Royale (Special Edition) (2000)
Battle Royale is a classic of Japan's recent cinema and is a poignant final message from a Japanese cinema guru who has always displayed a distrust of authority and a flare for action.
Battle Royale is a fine film, made with passion and sincerity by one of Japan's great directors, Kinji Fukasaku.
Battle Royale is no intellectual achievement, but it is sincere, compassionate, and very well made.
www.greencine.com /webCatalog?id=34271   (1132 words)

 Classic-Horror Review of Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale is one of the best and most original films to come out of the Japan market as-of late.
One being a sole-survivor from a past battle who is sent there to fix the game, and the other a psychopath who simply signed up for fun.
Battle Royale is presented in wide screen format, with beautiful and perfectly legible subtitles.
classic-horror.com /reviews/battleroyale.shtml   (924 words)

 Stomp Tokyo Video Reviews - Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale is one of those films so controversial that its reputation has eclipsed its content.
The subject matter of Battle Royale is too potentially controversial for most of the larger studios to touch, but the film was a big enough hit in Japan that Toei Studios would probably want more for the film's rights than a smaller company like Synapse or Anchor Bay could pay.
If Battle Royale's purpose is to psychologically scar its participants, then it doesn't make much sense to kill off all but one of them.
www.stomptokyo.com /movies/b/battle-royale.html   (1144 words)

 HMV.com: DVD: Battle Royale: Subtitled/Japanese: Dts Special Edition: 2dvd (2004)
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.
At the dawn of a new millennium, the Japanese government pass the “Battle Royale Act”.
Unemployment is at the highest it's ever been, school children either avoid school or attack their teachers, therefore the government pass the act as a last ditch attempt to show the youth of the country that they will not tolerate disobedience any longer.
www.hmv.co.uk /hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=1017;5;-1;-1&sku=149849   (529 words)

 Magic: The Gathering - Battle Royale Main Page
The Battle Royale box set brings all of the maneuvering and outright conniving of multiplayer play straight to your gaming table.
The Battle Royale box itself is designed as a card box to hold more than 700 cards.
Battle Royale includes the most official set of rules for multiplayer Magic play, plus two quick-reference rules cards.
www.wizards.com /magic/expert/battle_royale/welcome.asp   (236 words)

 notcoming.com | Battle Royale
Battle Royale refers to a survival contest, in the vein of The Running Man, Lord of the Flies, and The Most Dangerous Game, in which ninth grade students are sent to an island and given three days to reduce their number to one.
Politically Battle Royale is no different from Fight Club in its treatment of fascism, and the popularity of the latter film suggests that Battle Royale would encounter a similar reception domestically.
Battle Royale is based on Koushun Takami’s masterful work and inspired the manga of the same name.
www.notcoming.com /reviews.php?id=14   (976 words)

 Amazon.com: Battle Royale (Volume 1): Books: Koushun Takami   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels.
"Battle Royale" is explicitly anti-fascist, but since it is doesn't have an audience living under fascism, that's not meaningful in itself.
This is the unsettling premise of Koushun Takami's controversial novel: Battle Royale.
www.amazon.com /Battle-Royale-1-Koushun-Takami/dp/156931778X   (2782 words)

 Battle Royale II - Requiem
When Wild 7 subsequently claims credit for the bombing and declares a war against the government of Japan, the government responds the way it knows best: it launches a new Battle Royale program whereby a lucky class of junior high school graduates are sent on a do-or-die mission to kill Shuya Nanahara and Wild 7.
The moment the junior high school students are herded into a giant cage and their teacher Riki Takeuchi strolls to the front of the room, it is clear that BR2 is going to be different from Battle Royale.
Review: Battle Royale II is not a thematic rehash of the first movie, and it is not as simple, but it is not actually all that dissimilar, either.
www.kfccinema.com /reviews/action/battleroyale2/battleroyale2.html   (1161 words)

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