Battle Royale (2000)
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|One Of The Most Controversial Films In History Now Available For The First Time Ever In America In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (KILL BILL) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (BOILING POINT, BROTHER) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director's Cut of Kinji Fukasaku's uncompromising masterpiece ? nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards ? available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.|
Editor's NoteIn a future where society is on the verge of collapse, the government takes drastic action against the problem of rebellious teenagers in this violent sci-fi opus from Japan. In the year 2002, Japan's economy has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, and massive unemployment and inflation have thrown most adults into a state of chaos; the nation's youth culture responds with unprecedented violence, delinquency, and truancy. Desperate to restore order, the Japanese parliament responds by creating the Millennial Reform School Act, in which groups of junior high students are selected at random, sent to an isolated island, and forced to play a rigorous war game, in which all but one of their number are killed. Kitano (Beat Takeshi) is an embittered school instructor who guides the 44 students of the Zentsuji Middle School's Class B through the deadly game known as "Battle Royale," as they struggle to survive against the elements and each other. BATTLE ROYALE proved to be both successful and highly controversial in Japan, where it set box-office records and prompted political leaders to call for stricter controls on violence in Japanese entertainment; the film was initially rated R-15 (no one under 15 admitted), unusual for violent films in Japan, though director Kinji Fukasaku later prepared a re-edited version that earned a more lenient classification.
Cast & Crew
|Ai Maeda - Co-Star|
|Chiaki Kuriyama - Co-Star|
|Sousuke Takaoka - Co-Star|
|Yamamoto Taru - Co-Star|
|Shibasaki Kou - Co-Star|
|Takeshi Kitano - Co-Star|
|Ai Iwamura - Co-Star|
|Katsumi Yanagishima - Director of Photography|
|Masamichi Amano - Composer|
|Koshun Takami - Source Writer|
|Ono Akira - Lighting Director|
|Kenta Fukasaku - Screenwriter|
|Yanagijima Katsumi - Director of Photography|
|Takeshi Kitano - Co-Star|
|Kinji Fukasaku - Director|