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A.k.a.
Battle Royale
Year
2000
Runtime
114 min.
Director
Kinji Fukasaku
Genres
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
130,985
Checks
22,491
Favs
2,064
Dislikes
161
Favs/checks
9.2% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. mlena's avatar

    mlena

    More like the Hunger Games resemble Battle Royale. 7 years 3 months ago
  2. Bloedlink's avatar

    Bloedlink

    I just realised the Hunger Games is a complete rip-off after seeing Battle Royale. How did Suzanne Collins get away with that.. 3 years 6 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Move over Hunger Games and Avengers Arena, we watched Battle Royale this week. 42 9th graders are dropped on an island, and the only way to survive is to kill everyone else. It's a pretty amazing film, and you can see why it would be imitated so often, but I don't know that it's been equaled in its category. For one thing, it finds a way to make you know each one of these kids - in broad strokes, rather intimately, or through vignettes - so that each kill has punch (and these kids know each other, have a history, pre-existing relationships). It's also got visual inventiveness going for it, mostly through editing and superimposed cards, that hint at a more profound message behind the carnage. You could see it as a metaphor for growing to adulthood, or going through the school system or work market. Maybe it's about where our culture of anti-discipline and/or reality shows is going. It could be a meditation on the generation gap and an admission that adults are as lost as the teenagers they used to be. I don't want to put too fine a point on it, as this is still a crazy-ass action thriller, but it does have a certain ambiguity (in large part thanks to the teacher running the game, brilliantly underplayed by Takeshi Kitano) that invites such ruminations. 3 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #15 in The New Cult Canon
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  2. This movie ranks #79 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  3. This movie ranks #87 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
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  4. This movie ranks #126 in FOK! top 250
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  5. This movie ranks #153 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  6. This movie ranks #235 in Empire 500
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  7. This movie ranks #297 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #344 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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