• Paul Anthony Johnson

    ★★★★ Added by Paul Anthony Johnson

    What makes Kinji Fukasaku's voluptuous ode to violence so much more compelling than most splatter spectacles is his sense of what happens socially when violence constitutes a cultural norm. Chalk it up to Fukasaku being a war veteran or Fukasaku being a pulp con-artist in the noble savage traditions of Sam Fuller and Steve Ditko. Fukasaku proves capable of evoking a fully realized social space in which people relate to each other purely as prey or predator. He invests the…

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  • WAHart91

    ½ Watched by WAHart91 14 Sep, 2014

    What did I even just watch?

    I was expecting sinister, crazy and rather sad. Instead i found the mixture of violence and love so fanciful it was in no way compelling and at times so bad I had to laugh.

    It was so bad we had to see it through to the end just to make sure.

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  • Sean Summ

    ★★★½ Watched by Sean Summ 19 Sep, 2014

    Battle Royale is pretty sweet. It has a really cool 70's exploitation feel to it, it doesn't waste time setting up boring exposition, and well, it's a bunch of teenagers killing each other.

    That's not to say I'm wholly satisfied with it though. I was expecting this to be extremely violent and disturbing, as its hyped up to be. But I think the reason it's hyped as that is because the violence is against teenagers. There weren't nearly enough shocking…

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  • Sam Blackman

    ★★★★ Watched by Sam Blackman 17 Sep, 2014 1

    Battle Royale is a fantastic film, featuring excellent scenes of action and violence. Somehow, the film manages to be both difficult to watch, and riveting at the same time. I certainly don't relish in seeing teenagers murder each other, but for two hours I could not look away.

    The performances from the large ensemble are all quite strong, and were very much instrumental in creating the sense of dread and humour that somehow manages to co-exist throughout the film. The…

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  • Bishop_Henrikse

    ★★★★★ Added by Bishop_Henrikse

    Most underrated movie ever.

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  • Pete Laurie

    ★★★★ Watched by Pete Laurie 08 Sep, 2014

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

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  • filmesdoandre

    ★★★½ Watched by filmesdoandre 06 Sep, 2014

    Never a end-of-year trip came back so light.

    I'm amazed for this gore film. As in Hunger Games, I still find the explanation for the origin of the games to be unclear (I just think the explanations could go a little further -I think that's a flaw in the script).

    But, the similarities between both movies end there. BR approach is much more cruel in the way that:
    1 - no one is prepared for what's going to happen, they…

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  • astrohkid

    ★★★★ Watched by astrohkid 05 Sep, 2014 2

    Watch it with your grandma!

    Battle Royale is fucked up.

    It's a twisted, stylistic, delightful fairytale with a lethal dose of teenage troubles and social commentary. Battle Royale, to me, was originally intriguing because Quentin Tarantino once named it his favourite film of all time. I don't know if that's still true, but I used to be quite the Tarantino fanboy (who am I kidding, I still am) and having one of your idols express extreme admiration for a work…

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  • Riani-Eve

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Riani-Eve 05 Sep, 2014

    Would people judge me if I say that this is one of my feel good film

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  • inkedlooni

    ★★★★★ Added by inkedlooni

    A pretty good all round thriller

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  • Wazow

    ★★★½ Watched by Wazow 26 Sep, 2013

    A japanese hack-slash were forty students go in and only one comes out. The overall performance of forty plus teen actors is not surprisingly sub-par, however the few characters in the leading roles tend to have better acting ability as to be expected, but do not go into this film expecting good acting. What you can expect is an interesting perspective on how many different students deal with being forced to participate in killing fellow classmates. The story is told…

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  • Richard Goddard

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Richard Goddard 01 Sep, 2014

    So ridiculously original, inventive and influential that even 14 years later it still feels fresh and powerful, and probably will for an extremely long time to come.

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