Movies Battle Royale (2000 Takeshi Kitano) Published 4 months ago on October 21, 2018 This parable of organised violence gained unwanted relevance after September 11 but it still retains the power to shock and instruct. Set in Japan in the near future, to curb rising civil unrest, the Government agrees to the staging of Battle Royale, in which a class of teenagers are taken to a remote island, fitted with explosive collars to ensure complicity, supplied with weapons and given three days to kill each other until a single victorious survivor remains. Zentsuji Middle School is chosen to provide the contestants, who will be overseen by embittered ex-teacher Kitano (Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano), now given the chance to exact any revenge he wishes. The pupils react differently: Kiriyama (Masanobu Ando) proves an accomplished psychopath and kills for sport, while Shinji attempts to build a bomb and kill the game’s creators. As unlikely alliances are formed and the body count rises, nobility and integrity arise to balance the bloodshed and subvert the battle… From Lord of The Flies to The Hunger Games, the dystopian satire has proven its cinematic worth and Fukasuku’s violent thriller is a worthy addition to the genre, from the MTV-style video guide to genocide for dummies to the classical music played over the school’s tannoy, a sense of eerie plausibility prevails, playing on the dominance of computer games, realitv TV and pulp fiction in modern culture. Presenting the children as expendable – characters and actors swap names throughout, giving them an impermanence as the death toll is counted onscreen – the film naturally falls to Kitano to take control. The actor sports fury, disdain and malevolence. He also provides the moral weight, watching the players every move while waiting for his own moment of perfect redemption. production details Japan | 114 minutes | 2000 Director: Kenji Fukasuku Writers: Kenta Fukasuku (from the novel by Koshun Takami) cast Takeshi Kitano as Kitano Tsuyako Kinoshita as Mizuho Inada (Girls #1) Eri Ishikawa as Yukie Utsumi (Girl #2) Sayaka Ikeda as Megumi Eto (Girls #3) Tomomi Shimaki as Sakura Ogawa (Girls #4) Tamaki Mihara as Izumi Kanai (Girls #5) Yukari Kanasawa as Yukiko Kitano (Girls #6) Misao Kato as Yumiko Kusaka (Girls #7) Takayo Mimura as Kayoko Kotôhiki (Girl #8) Hitomi Hyuga as Yuko Sakaki (Girls #9) Anna Nagata as Hirono Shimizu (Girls #10) Kou Shibasaki as Mitsuko Souma (Girl #11) Satomi Ishii as Mitsuko Souma (Girls #12) Chiaki Kuriyama as Takako Chigusa (Girl #13) Haruka Nomiyama as Mayumi Tendo (Girls #14) Aki Maeda as Noriko Nakagawa (Girl #15) Satomi Hanamura as Yuka Nakagawa (Girls #16) Sayaka Kamiya as Satomi Noda (Girl #17) Aki Inoue as Fumiyo Fujiyôshi (Girl #18) Asami Kanai as Chisato Matsui (Girls #19) Mai Sekiguchi as Kaori Minami (Girl #20) Takako Baba as Yoshimi Yahagi (Girls #21) Shin Kusaka as Yoshio Akamatsu (Boys #1) Ren Matsuzawa as Keita Îjima (Boy #2) Shigehiro Yamaguchi as Toshinori Oda (Boys #4) Taro Yamamoto as Shogo Kawada (Boy #5) Masanobu Ando as Kazuo Kiriyama (Boy #6) Yukihiro Kotani as Yôshitoki Kuninobu (Boy #7) Sousuke Takaoka as Hiroki Sugimura (Boy #11) Yutaka Shimada as Yûtaka Seto (Boy #12) Tatsuya Fujiwara as Shuya Nanahara (Boy #15) Hirohito Honda as Kazushi Nîda (Boy #16) Yousuke Shibata as Mitsuru Numai (Boys #17) Takashi Tsukamoto as Shinji Mimura (Boy #19) Jirô Nitta as Kyôichi Motobuchi (Boy #20) Yasuomi Sano as Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Boys #21) Yuko Miyamura as Training Video Girl Kazutoshi Yokoyama as Basketball referee Minami as Keiko Yuuki Masuda as Hiroshi Kuronaga (Boys #9) Shigeki Hirokawa as Shô Tsukioka (Boys #14) Ai Iwamura as Onna no hito – won last Battle Royale Ai Maeda as Shiori – Kitano no aijô (voice) Michi Yamamura as Reporter Takeyuki Hirai as Soldier Tomu Asakawa as Soldier Yûya Nakahara as Soldier Takashi Komori as Soldier Ryôta Nakamura as Soldier Akihiro Ugajin as Soldier Yôichi Murakami as Soldier Tsuguharu Niizaki as Soldier Jun’ichi Nashiki as Soldier Hiroshi Kitagawa as Soldier Hideaki Kawashima as Soldier Umiji Tasaki as Soldier Hidetsugu Okumura as Soldier Daisuke Yazawa as Soldier Nobuki Baba as Soldier Naoki Iwasawa as Soldier Kôji Tokuhisa as Soldier Mikiya Sanada as Soldier Kazuhiro Yokokura as Soldier Shigeki Homma as Soldier Kazuo Araki as Soldier Gôshi Matsuhara as Soldier Akira Yoshizawa as Soldier Kenzo Shirahama as Soldier Kanji Okumura as Soldier Shôji Takano as Soldier Ryouji Sugimoto as Soldier Hajime Yoneda as Soldier Hideaki Kojima as Soldier Gou Ryugawa as Lieutenant Anjo Ken Nakaide as Hayashida-san – Teacher Class 3B Kanako Fukaura as Basugaido Shiro Go as Ryûhei Sasagawa (Boys #10) Gouki Nishimura as Tatsumichi Ôki (Boys #3) Osamu Ohnishi as Yôji Kuramoto (Boys #8) Satoshi Yokomichi as Tadakatsu Hatagami (Boys #18) Junichi Naitou as Yûichiro Takiguchi (Boys #13) Mitsuaki Tachikawa as Soldier Takashi Taniguchi as Shuya’s Father AdventureAnna NagataDramaEri IshikawaHitomi HyugaKenta FukasakuKinji FukasakuKou ShibasakiKoushun TakamiMisao KatoSayaka IkedaTakayo MimuraTakeshi KitanoTamaki MiharaThrillerTomomi ShimakiTsuyako KinoshitaYukari Kanasawa Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. 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