Movie Reviews: Battle Royale

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Battle Royale directed by Kinji Fukasaku

I remember when I first saw a reference to Battle Royale. I was scrolling through Netflix one night and saw the movie pop up under foreign films. It had a picture of two people in suits and some blood but when I clicked for more info, it showed an image reminiscent of a Godzilla film.

So I didn’t watch it until last year.

Battle Royale is based on a book by Koushun Takami. It is about a death program by the Japanese government where school students battle each other to the death. The movie itself is a little bit like the Running Man by Stephen King. It is a dystopian future where the deaths and elimination process is documented on TV. A former champion is even brought back. Overall, it was a weirdly enjoyable watch, not for the deaths, but for the subtle storytelling. They do flashbacks really well here and I actually felt something at the end, which is weird to say for a film of this genre.

People often rip Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games series for basically being an American version of it. Yeah. I don’t know. Since it is all a rip off of Stephen King, does it even matter? Collins at least took her novels to a different place with her sequels. And the first two movies were better made. People should stop hating and just enjoy the stories for what they were. Otherwise people can scream all they want on any story where there is a deadly competition. It is called a TROPE for crying out loud. I mean, every romantic plot is the same in romantic comedies. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back at the very end after the relationship seems dead. If the comedian is the female, then just reverse the roles.

In any case. Battle Royale was worth a watch. Check it out

Movie Rating: 7/10

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