• trostlerp

    ★★★★ Rewatched by trostlerp 26 Nov, 2015

    Had been over a decade since I first watched this and for the first half I was surprised at how great it was. I remembered the general plot and at least somewhat enjoying it but didn't view at as that much better than average.

    This time, there was enough humor and interesting ramifications of the contest that I enjoyed it a little more. However, the last quarter or so doesn't live up to the level of the previous 3/4ths and…


  • Sophie

    ★★★ Added by Sophie

    Great premise, good plot, sympathetic characters, held back more than anything else by poor acting.


  • Paulo Godchalk

    ★★★★ Watched by Paulo Godchalk 24 Nov, 2015

    There are many ways one can read Battle Royale, but the one that works best for me is one I rarely hear commented on in the dialogue concerning this film and The Hunger Games franchise. What spoke to me in a personal way, beyond the teen-on-teen ultraviolence, was how the minor connections between these kids were their world. Even once they are thrown into a ridiculous "battle royale," the things that guide them are memories, hopes, dreams, and nightmares. This…


  • Klep

    ★★★★ Watched by Klep 21 Nov, 2015

    Long before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. But where The Hunger Games is an expansive saga that develops its world beyond the titular games, Battle Royale is a much more intimate and brutal affair - staying myopically focused on the battle and its participants. It's a film that works well on multiple levels.

    On the surface it's an entertainingly bloody exploitation film. The assortment of weapons and "weapons" the students get creates amusing contrasts, and there's plenty of…


  • bradhanford

    ★★★★ Watched by bradhanford 05 Nov, 2015

    15 minutes in, and this already makes The Hunger Games look like a pillow fight. The movie is not only superior in the impact of its violence, but in the ingenuity and execution of its ensemble approach. Romantic interests and youthful rivalries more compelling than those the other series took a whole films to establish are introduced and resolved in single scenes. Shock and horror stand alongside poignancy and tragedy, with some of the darkest humor imaginable contributing to the…


  • Spencer Serra

    ★★★★ Watched by Spencer Serra 22 Nov, 2015

    Completely bonkers in the best way possible.


  • Robert Hawkins

    ★★★★ Watched by Robert Hawkins 22 Nov, 2015

    Man, it's hard to be a teenager. Battle Royale never lets you forget that it's about 7th graders -- you see someone commit a brutal murder, then watch them blush and stutter as they talk about their super-secret crush. With 40 characters in the mix (which ticks down to 39 within, like, one minute), director Kinji Fukasaku does a terrific job of visually indicating who we should pay attention to, what relationships these kids have to each other, and what…


  • lherritty

    ★★★★ Watched by lherritty 22 Nov, 2015

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    I can honestly see why this film is so highly regarded. It's fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience I gained from this lovely piece of art. It's got a rather fast pace for a film with so much crammed into it, despite the plot being rather simple. It's just really, really good.

    The direction is pretty solid. The director is focused on the characters at all times. No shitty shaky…


  • Colin the dude

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Colin the dude 22 Nov, 2015 1

    Rare is a film that acts as the antidote to another film. Battle Royale is the literal antidote to The Hunger Games, or its more accurate title, Royale with Cheese. Everything wrong with Royale with Cheese is perfectly synced in Battle Royale. Obviously there is a cavern of cultural differences and Royale with Cheese is a Hollywood film, but both films are more-or-less dealing with the same subject matter and the potential of that subject matter explodes like a bloody…


  • Marcel Michaelsen

    ★★★★ Watched by Marcel Michaelsen 22 Nov, 2015

    Takeshi ist angepisst. Heutzutage sind die Blagen alle respektlose Arschlöcher und haben keinen Bock mehr, sein Schloss mit billigen Pappgewehren anzugreifen. Also schickt er sie in eine Schlacht auf Leben und Tod mit echten Waffen. Und das ist eine gute Entscheidung, denn das ist schon aufregender, als irgendwelchen Bälgern dabei zuzusehen, wie sie in den Drachensee fallen und vor Wände rennen.

    Battle Royale wischt mal eben mit dem gazen Young Adult Kram den Boden auf und zeigt, wie man sowas richtig macht. Den Rest wischt dann wahrschienlich die Putzkolonne, nachdem sich die Kids gegenseitig abgeschlachtet haben.


  • Liva

    ★★★ Watched by Liva 21 Nov, 2015 3

    It gets really dull somewhere around the middle part, and ultimately feels rather pointless.


  • ginsbus

    ★★★★½ Watched by ginsbus 18 Nov, 2015

    Damn, this makes Hunger Games look like some baby shit.