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Battle Royale
Battle royale dvdcover
Special Edition DVD cover
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Produced by Kenta Fukasaku
Kinji Fukasaku
Kimio Kataoka
Chie Kobayashi
Toshio Nabeshima
Written by Novel:
Koushun Takami
Screenplay:
Kenta Fukasaku
Music by Masamichi Amano
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Editing by Hirohide Abe
Distributed by Toei
Released December 16, 2000
Running time Theatrical Cut:
114 min.
Director's Cut:
122 min.
Budget $4,500,000 USD (estimated)
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Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル Batoru rowaiaru) is a 2000 Japanese film based on the 1999 novel by the same name and directed by the late Kinji Fukasaku.

PlotEdit

At the turn of the new millennium Japan is in economic turmoil and the nation's youth are becoming more violent and uncontrollable. Out of desperation the Japanese government decides to introduce the Battle Royale Act, a radical measure in which particularly unruly classes of students are dropped off on an island for three days and forced to kill each other until only one is left alive and declared the winner.

The rules of the game are enforced through the use of electronic collars around each of the students' necks containing explosives that will go off automatically whenever a student is outside of a designated area of the island too long. This insures that the students can't just hide somewhere until it's over and are forced to keep moving. If more than one student is left alive at the end of the three days all the collars will explode.

This year's participants, the 42 students of Shiroiwa Junior High class 3B are each given a backpack containing minimal supplies which may or may not include a weapon of completely random usefulness and sent out to fend for their lives. Each student reacts differently to the situation. Some panic, some remain staunch pacifists even in the face of certain death, and some group together attempting to figure out an alternative way to escape their predicament. The main characters, Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Noriko Nakagawa (Aki Maeda) simply try to survive as they witness their classmates dying all around them.

CastEdit

StudentsEdit

Boys Girls
# Actor Role Item Issued # Actress Role Item Issued
1 Shin Kusaka Yoshio Akamatsu Crossbow 1 Tsuyako Kinoshita Mizuho Inada Knife
2 Ren Matsuzawa Keita Iijima Jitte (fighting staff) 2 Eri Ishikawa Yukie Utsumi Revolver
3 Gouki Nishimura Tatsumichi Oki Hand axe 3 Sayaka Ikeda Megumi Eto Stun gun
4 Shigehiro Yamaguchi Toshinori Oda Bullet-proof vest 4 Tomomi Shimaki Sakura Ogawa none (refused pack)
5 Taro Yamamoto Shogo Kawada Shotgun 5 Tamaki Mihara Izumi Kanai Grenades
6 Masanobu Ando Kazuo Kiriyama Japanese war fan 6 Yukari Kanasawa Yukiko Kitano Megaphone
7 Yukihiro Kotani Yoshitoki Kuninobu none 7 Misao Kato Yumiko Kusaka Shirasaya katana
8 Osamu Onishi Yoji Kuramoto Rope 8 Takayo Mimura Kayoko Kotohiki Service pistol
9 Yuuki Masuda Hiroshi Kuronaga Dagger 9 Hitomi Hyuga Yuko Sakaki Cyanide
10 Shiro Go Ryuhei Sasagawa Uzi 10 Anna Nagata Hirono Shimizu Semi-automatic pistol
11 Sousuke Takaoka Hiroki Sugimura Tracking device 11 Kou Shibasaki Mitsuko Souma Hand scythe
12 Yutaka Shimada Yutaka Seto Fork 12 Satomi Ishii Haruka Tanizawa Semi-automatic 9mm
13 Junichi Naito Yuichiro Takiguchi Machete 13 Chiaki Kuriyama Takako Chigusa Pocket knife
14 Shigeki Hirokawa Shouta Tsukioka Nunchuks 14 Haruka Nomiyama Mayumi Tendo Boxing gloves
15 Tatsuya Fujiwara Shuya Nanahara Pot lid 15 Aki Maeda Noriko Nakagawa Binoculars
16 Hirohito Honda Kazushi Niida Coat hanger 16 Satomi Hanamura Yuka Nakagawa Micro Uzi
17 Yosuke Shibata Mitsuru Numai Colt .357 Magnum 17 Sayaka Kamiya Satomi Noda Pump-action shotgun
18 Satoshi Yokomichi Tadakatsu Hatagami Baseball bat 18 Aki Inoue Fumiyo Fujiyoshi none
19 Takashi Tsukamoto Shinji Mimura Semi-automatic pistol 19 Asami Kanai Chisato Matsui Semi-automatic pistol
20 Ryou Nitta Kyoichi Motobuchi Revolver 20 Mai Sekiguchi Kaori Minami Pickaxe
21 Yasuomi Sano Kazuhiko Yamamoto Headband 21 Takako Baba Yoshimi Yahagi Plastic hammer

Rest of castEdit

External linksEdit

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