I thought it was great too but it's bogus, for the most part. For too long, Hollywood has been the dominant authority on filmmaking in the world. The personalities and characteristics of each of the participants are of course very contrasted and even if there are some cliches, well, the worst has been avoided. This gets mixed with the growing anxiety among the older generation at the rising rudeness and rebellion of the new generation in a culture that values politeness above all else. We are led to believe that all youth in Japan are bad seeds in this film but that really doesn't seem to apply to the class which the film follows. You probably know her too. This year, it is a class of 9th graders keep in mind that Japanese kids go to school year round.
Friends kill other friends and bullies all to survive. In this film their are no victims and besides one exception there are no villains amongst the children. I don't just mean that in terms of foreign films, I mean in terms of film. The nature of the film lies in its deconstruction of Friendships, Trust and our views on Innocence. Questions like these are easily answered by the videogames of today. Films that matter are still being made even if they don't get the same amount of press or attention that the next Leonardo DiCaprio movie will get.
Intelligent writing, great acting, beautiful locations, and decent effects bring this film together. He's made plenty of films in the past. Could you kill your best friend from high school if the two of you are stuck on an island of death? But through their ignorance of the culture this film springs from, they are missing its subtleties. Naturally, some go insane and mutter those math equations that their teachers promised them would be valuable in the real world. It had the power and emotional content, that while not necessarily apparent in the dialogue was visible on screen at all times. Inside the main building, there is huge system of screens that show who is dead and what not.
I've been teaching in a Japanese high school for three years now. . This film does have some comical moments. Being on the island forces unchecked emotions and feelings to flow out of the characters because death is on the horizon. In the end, this is not a film for just anyone off the street.
The students know this, but it can not be avoided. The transcription of the inner thoughts of the characters, which is one of the strengths of the book, is averagely well retranscripted. If you enjoy Battle Royale then Kinji Fukasaku, who directed and adapted the film for the screen along with his son Kenta, will be able to rest in peace. Battle Royale is not meant to trivialize school shootings and youth violence. But the characters stay true to form as they profess long held crushes with their dying breath all the way down to naively trusting others who they've always admired as the popular kids.
The fact that this film employs Children as the main protagonists of the story is the key to the whole impact of the film. Battle Royale is simply an awesome movie about one of the most hypothetically traumatic things that could ever happen to teenagers. I give it 5 stars. I had to look twice to realize that. Anyway, that screen is exact on the names as well as the 'danger zone' map. Rated R-15 forbidden to under 15 , very, very violent, but nonetheless interesting. I would say that if the people can't keep an open enough mind to watch the movie in subtitles then it probably isn't worth it to show them the movie at all.
We have all seen films like The Running Man where adults fight adults for survival and it seems that much less shocking, albeit that film was handled in a completely different manner. They are sent to an island, given weapons, and fight to survive. If it's not safe, generic, or commercial than the reason for a film's existence appears to be highly questionable. Battle Royale is a film that has affected many, many people. That's why it was such a big hit in Japan. Can you really label the dialogue as lousy in those circumstances? What does an assault rifle sound like? The idea is shocking enough, there's no need to be excessive.
What is truly shocking is that the actors and actresses who have been selected to portray these teens are around the same ages of their characters. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. I should mention that I love to play Counter-Strike myself and will continue to play it in the future. The classmates then have 3 days to kill each other off until there is only one student left. Asside from the classic Japanese blood sprays and the amount of ammo some of the guns put out, there is great attention to detail in this film. It's an awkward time that is all about experience and misunderstandings. It taps into something so deep that you really have to think about it.
To this day I refuse to answer that question. This is the natural result. There is no real meaning to this violence. Most notably, the gorgeous Chiaki Kuriyama Chigusa. It's repackaged, re-sold, re-distributed to the point that people can hardly accept something new and radical and different.