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6,840 Ratings

Battle Royale

Batoru rowaiaru

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Japan, 2000
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


In a dystopian future, Japan resorts to extreme measures to control their rebellious youth. The BR Law enables an annual culling, in which a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they are forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

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Battle Royale Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Critics reviews

A milestone for fans of Japanese action and violent cinema, Battle Royale certainly deserves its cult reputation. Although its violence looks less and less shocking and outrageous with each passing year, it remains a smart, darkly funny thriller with a remarkable cast of young actors (many of whom went on to become big stars) and a director still able to muster the youthful energy required to helm such a dynamic project.
March 04, 2016
Remove the entertainment aspect and it’s not even fully clear what BR’s societal function is, especially since these kids obviously had no idea the program exists before arriving on the island (i.e., it’s not being used as a deterrent). Moment to moment, however, Fukasaku’s film thrills, startles and wounds in ways that put its American counterpart to shame.
March 23, 2012
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