• MarcusIrving

    ★★★★★ Added by MarcusIrving

    Less a movie and more a series of beautiful, sad, even sometimes funny vignettes about innocence lost. Every child has a personality. They are lived in characters before they've even had a chance to live. Even with the fucked up subject matter the movie makes itself entertaining and legitimately fun to watch.


  • Fancygama

    ★★★½ Watched by Fancygama 07 Jul, 2015

    This film is absurd, fast-paced, bloody, and nothing close to the grit-fest where Hunger Games detractors led my expectations. In fact, it works best as a comedy. You do develop an attachment to our main characters, however.


  • Aditya Bhagirath

    ★★★★ Watched by Aditya Bhagirath 28 Jul, 2015

    Film Number 20 of Aditya's Scavenger Hunt Challenge No. 4

    Day 17, Task No. 24 - A futuristic death game/sport

    Many people refer to this as the original Hunger Games, except this has more violence and more depth.

    First off, the direction is outstanding. The whole staging of these scenes, the way the film was shot, the way it looked… it was wonderful. The use of classical music is also inspired. I also greatly respected the fact that the screenwriter…


  • nthnmartin

    Watched by nthnmartin 20 Jul, 2015

    Because of its concept it is easy to compare Battle Royale to The Hunger Games series, but what I liked most about Battle Royale was its focus on character. Battle Royale is really a film about being an adolescent, and about the battle of growing up. You're at war with yourself, at war with everyone else your age, at war with adults; it's a constant battle, and a violent one that kills your old identity, and crafts a new one. Battle Royale explores this idea in stylish and gory ways.


  • dave4pepsi

    ★★★★ Watched by dave4pepsi 04 Apr, 2015

    A modern Japanese classic. Holds up well having just seen it for the first time.


  • Ted Mills

    ★★½ Watched by Ted Mills 25 Jul, 2015

    Mostly silly, often entertaining, filled with fake gravity and shallow romanticism, this film's reputation doesn't match up to the experience of actually watching it. Despite the preamble of how juvenile delinquency has overtaken Japan in the "future" of 2000, none of the students feel any different from any number of high school soap operas, and with 40 or so students to keep track of, characters come and go (i.e. die) without too much attachment. Not one student seems to have…


  • K

    ★½ Added by K

    im disappointed that i didnt like this movie


  • Milo

    ★★★★★ Watched by Milo 24 Jul, 2015

    Scavenger Hunt 4! (24/30) - "A film featuring futuristic deadly games/ death sports! (Films like Rollerball, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, The Running Man, Death Race 2000)": letterboxd.com/milo123/list/milo123s-scavenger-hunt-4-scavenger-world/

    "There's a way out of this game. Kill yourselves together, here, now. If you can't do that, then don't trust anyone... just run."

    I have a mixed reception with the young adult book-to-movie adaptions. I found The Hunger Games tolerable but got weaker with every instalment, The Maze Runner promising but flawed…


  • MrC

    ★★★½ Watched by MrC 22 Jul, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    By Government decree, each year a group of teenagers are selected and sent forth into the wild to do battle in a fight to the death. Each participant is provided with weapons with which to wreak their destruction as they strive to become the sole survivor. Sound familiar? This is the premise of Battle Royale and the similarities between this and the Hunger Games don’t end there, so if anybody tries to convince you that the series of books from…


  • Josh Darby

    ★★ Rewatched by Josh Darby 23 Jul, 2015

    Film #19 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
    Task #25. A film featuring a bear!
    My list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/joshs-film-scavenger-hunt-list-4/
    Original List: letterboxd.com/naughty/list/scavenger-hunt-4

    Battle Royal is fun at times, and the definition of a cult film; loved by some, not loved by others. I'm in the latter category. While I appreciate what the film tries to do, it ends up falling flat due to its need to never actually answer questions.

    This film gets a lot of comparisons to The Hunger Games,…


  • emxlyjm

    ★★★★★ Added by emxlyjm 7

    Wow I can't believe how much of rip off this is of the hunger games...


  • PointMan528491

    ★★★★★ Watched by PointMan528491 22 Jul, 2015 2

    Battle Royale hits all sorts of notes through its fast paced running time, including darkly comedic satire, gruesome ultraviolence and mayhem, and, surprisingly, poignant moments of sympathy and emotion.