Battle Royale: Director's Cut
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Artist: Tatsuya Fujiwara
Released: 15 Feb 2012
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42 students, three days, one survivor, no rules.
In the near future, Japan is in a state of collapse. With high unemployment and a generation of youth out of control, the government enacts the Battle Royale programme. Each year, a randomly chosen school class is pitted against itself on an abandoned island in a cruel game of survival. With a former teacher (Takeshi Kitano) overseeing the game, this is a fight to the death with only one winner.
The rules are simple:
- It lasts 3 days
- Each player starts with food, water and a random weapon
- If more than one player survives, everyone dies
- There is no escape
As the roll call begins, each kid grabs a backpack and stumbles away towards death or murder. As the game progresses, terror and panic challenge the students' fragile trust in each other. Some suspect everyone, blindly striking down those who cross their paths. Others form alliances dreaming of a peaceful solution with multiple survivors. Despite the game's brutality, the adolescent players maintain their school obsessions with crushes, petty grudges and their dreams. But as the game approaches its shocking final stages, even this semblance of normality disintegrates.
Making of BATTLE ROYALE
BATTLE ROYALE documentary
Instructional Video: birthday version
Audition and rehearsal footage
Special Effects comparison
Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
Basketball Scene rehearsals
Behind the Scenes
Filming on set
Special Edition TV
Special Edition TV Spot: Tarantino version
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