WTF: Batoru rowaiaru / Battle Royale (2000)

Battle Royale 08 (WTF Watch the Film)
Battle Royale 01 Poster (WTF Watch the Film)
Don’t Be A Loser in High School

Spoiler Alert:

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.

Battle Royale 02 Poster (WTF Watch the Film)
When two guys without bodies are in your class

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.

Battle Royale 03 (WTF Watch the Film)
Blood bath and then bedtime.

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.

Battle Royale 05 (WTF Watch the Film)
Kill Bill–and Ted and Jane and Fred and Maude…

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.

Battle Royale 06 (WTF Watch the Film)
“You WILL shave that moustache!”

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.

Battle Royale 07 (WTF Watch the Film)
[Insert ‘Splitting Headache’ Joke]
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.

Battle Royale 08 (WTF Watch the Film)

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.

Battle Royale 09 (WTF Watch the Film)
Suki’s not just my name. It’s also my favourite pastime.

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.

Battle Royale 10 (WTF Watch the Film)
My Best Twilight Impression

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.

Battle Royale 11 (WTF Watch the Film)
“No! We told you, this recipe doesn’t call for bullets!”

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.

Battle Royale 12 (WTF Watch the Film)
“And that’s how you shoot a ketchup bottle!”

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.

Battle Royale 13 (WTF Watch the Film)
“You, in the back, stop checking out my ass.”

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.

Tally Ho’

  • WTF!?’s: 6
  • When to Follow: When you’ve watched The Hunger Games and want to see something with more “hunger” and less “game”.
  • What To Feedback:
Battle Royale 14 (WTF Watch the Film)
His weapon? Bean burrito…with extra bean

Left Over WTF (Way Too Funny) Photos

Battle Royale 15 (WTF Watch the Film)
The Slim Reaper
Battle Royale 16 (WTF Watch the Film)
“That horse lasagne gave me the trots.”
Battle Royale 17 (WTF Watch the Film)
The risks of head banging
Battle Royale 04 (WTF Watch the Film)
It’s a pain in the neck
Battle Royale 19 (WTF Watch the Film)
Why you should never try to catch a knife with your forehead
Battle Royale 21 (WTF Watch the Film)
DIY Hello Kitty Tattoos
Battle Royale 20 (WTF Watch the Film)
A blow job and a little head
Battle Royale 22 (WTF Watch the Film)
Yuki never got the hang of headphones
Battle Royale 23 (WTF Watch the Film)
Apple Maps
Battle Royale 24 (WTF Watch the Film)
“I’m gonna J-pop a cap in your ass.”
Battle Royale 25 (WTF Watch the Film)
Class Photo in America

6 thoughts on “WTF: Batoru rowaiaru / Battle Royale (2000)

  1. hey
    The girl who was shown at the beginning is the winner of the previous battle. She is a different girl from the one who won as a couple. Even to Japanese audience they look similar and I misunderstood at first too. I guess they showed it to explain that in Japan this battle is practiced every year


    1. Hello Lisa!

      Thanks for the clarification. I most definitely did not get that. I’d assumed the returning winner that participated and helped the “heroes” was the previous year’s winner. What’s more, IMDB has this to say about the young girl:

      Ai Iwamura, the actress who played Mai, the smiling winner, only appears for about five seconds as her character. She was then asked to do some stand-ins for some of the girls in the class briefing scene. In that scene, she appeared as following characters: Noriko Nakagawa, Haruka Tanizawa, Hirono Shimizu, and Izumi Kanai. The total time of her appearances as a stand-in exceeds the time of her appearances as her actual character.

      This could also explain the logic behind my comment regarding the similarities of the actresses.

      Anyway, it was reassuring to learn it was not a flash forward which, as you may have picked up on, I deplore.

      Thanks again for your comment, Lisa!


      Saint Pauly


      1. Hello, I wanted to ask if in 1:52:33 Shuya said that “Noriko slipped home last night to bid farewell to her sleeping parents. She took the knife that Nobu used to stab Kitano from her desk.”
        Im sorry to ask but, Did he mean she killed them using the knife? or she just woke her parents up and like “I’m going to say goodbye because I’m a fugitive now and I’m going to take a knife with me. ?
        Answers appreciated. Thanks in advance !


        1. Hello Winfrey!

          While I’m not the most renown expert on Batoru rowaiaru, it’s my understanding that your second hypothesis was the correct one: ‘she just woke her parents up and like “I’m going to say goodbye because I’m a fugitive now and I’m going to take a knife with me.”‘

          Thanks for the visit, my friend, and I hope you’re able to stop by regularly!

          WTF!? Winfrey, (Watch the Film!)

          Saint Pauly


  2. Hahaha ! Haven’t watch the second part though, Once again, thank you for the response, I really appreciate it. By the way, Your points in Battle Royale were hilarious. Make one for the 2nd one !!


    1. Hi Winfrey!

      What a great idea! I forgot all about the second part. I’ll look for it online and hopefully be reviewing it soon. Thanks for the tip!

      WTF Winfrey (Watch the Film),

      Saint Pauly


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