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Battle Royale (Special Edition) (2000)

Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, more...
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
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Running Time: 121 min.
Other Features: Silent

Thinking they are about to enjoy a field trip, a class of 9th graders calmly boards a bus that brings them face-to-face with the worst instincts of mankind. Director Kinji Fukasaku decided, at the age of 70, to make a film warning young people not to trust adults. The message may be obvious, but its delivery is chilling. It's a nightmare teenage version of "Survivor," a deadly game with no talk show appearances awaiting the victor. And your host for the carnage is the stone-faced Takeshi Kitano, a past teacher of the students.

Catalog description courtesy of HKFlix. Used with permission. 2003

Availability of this title is limited so please be patient if it is checked out.

Please note: The bonus disc is primarily in Japanese and does not have English subtitles, only removable Korean subtitles. The movie itself DOES have removable English and Korean subtitles.

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GreenCine Member Reviews

If you speak Japanese like I speak Japanese... by DougEcks November 9, 2003 - 5:08 PM PST
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Then you don't speak Japanese at all.

First off, The movie is tremendous. If it's not in your queue, go fix that right now. But this bonus disc really only works for those of us who speak Japanese (or read Korean). So for the rest of us that don't, here's the stuff you may find of interest.

There are several behind the scenes programs offering a look at the making of, the audition process, the score and the CG composite shots of the film. The CG stuff just goes step by step, and the score feature is an orchestra, so it's easy to grasp what's going on. The rest is greek to me, but to see the great Fukasaku at work is quite neat. Also, there's a video with that too cute "How to Battle Royale" girl wishing Fukasaku a happy birthday (he turned 70 on the shoot).

A photo and art gallery are self explanatory and free of any language at all.

Yet, the only real reason to rent this disc would be the trailers. You get five different trailers, each one more sensational than the last, but the kicker is the trailer featuring QUENTIN TARANTINO. He essentially says, 'I liked it' and 'you should go see it' between the flashes of Japanese teen ultra violence. Kinda cool.

But, that's how the bonuses break down. If you really need some special features, you can buy the UK version which has all of the same stuff with subtitles, but if your just renting, I'd rent something else.

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(Average 6.03)
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