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Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 2000

Bob's rating of the film Battle Royale

For most of the part, this is the most intense the movie can get. Total number of protagonists - that exceeds over 40 in a two hour movie - is handled in a way that every character has some kind of a backstory. So, none of them feels like a statistic as they are being broadcasted after each murder count. And because of that, the ending fails to reach the same profoundness since it's too busy trying to be meaningful.