I shall be taking on this challenging movie, wrestling with it’s heavyweight concepts and trying to pin down it’s truer meanings, so read on only if you have already seen Batoru rowaiaru / Battle Royale, or don’t intend to.
Heard about this on Sir Rodney’s excellent Fernby Films blog and had to see it for myself, and for you.
0:00:26 I won’t be the one to not tell you the film is in Japanese with subtitles.
0:01:26 15-year-old Japanese girl with a doll and blood smeared all over her face and clothes, smiling. It would be even cooler if this wasn’t a flash forward.
0:03:17 My advice to you, which I give freely, is this: if you’re in school and someone stabs a teacher and then throws the knife on the ground, do NOT pick up said knife and stare at the wounded teacher. #You’reWelcome.
0:05:09 The children on the bus were gassed to sleep and all came to magically at the same time, except for the one lad who woke up first. This is how we know which 男の子 passed the gas.
0:06:54 The year 10 class wakes up in a dark schoolroom with dog collars designed by Swatch around their necks. Obviously this movie was made in the year 2000, when digital was still a fashion choice.
0:09:35 Chigusa looks like the young Japanese girl from Kill Bill. [Chiaki Kuriyama was indeed Gogo Yubari in both of the Kill Bills, and I continue to impress ]
0:11:14 School film to explain the idea of “Battle Royale”. Finally, a school film that’s useful.
0:17:14 Odd premise. The moral seems to be that young people don’t respect their elders enough and that’s why the government concocted this game.
0:20:45 How were the two outsider boys not in the class selected for this?
Even if she didn’t really mean it… it’s nice to have someone waiting for you.
–Flash back boy talking about a note he received from a girl inviting him back to school
I must respectfully disagree. If you know a girl doesn’t really want you back, it takes all the fun out of her saying so.
0:25:06 “Battle Royale: Where the Hunger Games are no longer a game.”
0:27:23 One of the outsider boys grabs a machine gun and mows down a crowd of youths. A girl that he only wings decides not to play dead, preferring instead to stand up and ask “Why?” I think part of the reason he kills her is for asking stupid questions.
0:31:14 A young girl is killed with a sickle and must have one hell of a pacemaker the way her blood sprayed out of her as if from a fire hose.
0:31:15 There have been four suicides in two minutes. Interesting social commentary or a fast way to thin out the cast?
0:34:06 “Are you OK?” boy asks other boy who rolled over on an axe and it’s now sticking out of his head. I’d like to mow him down with a machine gun for asking stupid questions.
0:34:54 You have a pistol. A boy with a rifle shoots at you and misses twice. Do you shoot back at him or run directly at him shouting “Get outta my way!” so he has an easier shot? If you chose “A) shoot back at him”, you’re apparently smarter than most Japanese students.
0:40:04 One of the lasses is having her period. That’s an unfair advantage as it will turn her into a killing machine.
0:46:15 I know a young girl is the winner from the flash forward at the end, and I don’t mean to sound racist, but I can’t tell which of these girls will be victorious because they all look like the same anime drawing of a girl. As do the boys.
0:49:10 You’re holding a loaded crossbow, your sworn enemy has a switch-blade and tells you to come at them. Don’t you just shoot them? Perhaps the real reason the government instituted the Battle Royale was to illustrate Darwinism.
0:49:45 He asked her if she wanted to die a virgin, she stabbed him in the nuts. Direct answers can be hurtful.
God, can I tell him one more thing?… You look really cool, Hiroki.
Waste of last words.
0:55:58 One of the outsiders is a survivor of a past edition.
0:56:33 The music in this movie is atrocious. Nicked from bad Yankee 50’s melodrama, it might be why so many of the students opt for suicide.
0:58:52 The violent outsider enrolled for fun.
1:04:27 The English time written on my screen is, “0:30 p.m.”. Time to get a new clock.
1:05:50 A girl is getting dressed and two naked boys are dead. I don’t know what she did to them, but if you’ve got to die…
1:07:09 Japanese girls don’t know how to fake laugh. This is conceivably a good thing.
1:11:30 Nicely done all-girl shoot-out in the kitchen based on a dispute. One way to make a lot of sushi.
1:12:09 That’s the 4th time some young girl has been riddled with more bullets than an American carries to school, yet they don’t die. Japanese girls are tougher than they have a right to be.
1:14:02 Another suicide. I imagine those kids in The Hunger Games would have loved fighting these kids. All you’d need to do is wait around long enough for them to eliminate themselves.
1:25:34 Oops, the kid who volunteered forgot that Japanese kids don’t die well when shot. He put a bullet in one girls so now she’s kicking his ass.
1:33:23 What? The returning champion lured the cute couple in to help him win? He healed them, cooked for them, protected them and got shot killing to save them and he’s the one who tricked them? He needs to reread the definition of ‘tricked’.
1:39:00 In fact it was all a set-up to fool the soldiers under the command of a teacher back at the school where the three survivors went, after the military decamped. Only problem was, they tried to kill the evil teacher by shooting him, forgetting momentarily that most Japanese in this movie are impervious to bullets.
1:42:48 The boy that saved the couple dies from his wounds on the boat the three of them are piloting back to the mainland. Then the flash forward at the beginning showing the girl won is bypassed and we see instead a card stating that the couple is wanted for murder. WTF!?
1:45:10 I rather like the song during the credits.
- WTF!?’s: 6
- When to Follow: When you’ve watched The Hunger Games and want to see something with more “hunger” and less “game”.
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