Battle Royale

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  114 min.
Release Date: December 16, 2000
DVD: March 20, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.30
based on 22 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamanoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôsuke Takaoka, Takashi Tsukamoto


In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

42 students, three days, one survivor... no rules.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Producer(s): Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku, Kimio Kataoka, Chie Kobayashi, Toshio Nabeshima, Masumi Okada
Screenplay: Kenta Fukasaku

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  • 5 stars "i watched this film years ago and it was very good. read the manga too if you can find it! if you can handle some blood you should definitely watch this film. i can see why people think battle royale (2000) and the hunger games (2012) are similar but br is definitely a lot more gruesome but still enjoyable. both movies can hold their own."
  • 5 stars "why are people comparing it to the hunger games? it's good movie on it's own that happened to actually come out quite a long time ago, and not afraid to actually do what it's about."
  • 4 stars "battle royale (2000) 18a rating vs hunger games (2012) pg rating. wow! [br] is a lot more plot and premise than [hg] and much more going on between untrained school students facing having to survive by killing each other off by those in power. violence in [br] is visually graphic and not implied like it was in [hg], as well as killing/surviving scenarios more varied. no wonder quentin tarantino liked it. gruesome and bloody to see violent death amongst so young combatants, none fully equipped/trained for it. the tech in [br] was old, yet plot is original, rather than heavily borrowed like for [hg]. worth the see (online in my case). english subtitles."