This article examines the cast of the action-thriller film Battle Royale. Continue reading the conclusion for additional information.
About Battle Royale Movie
Based on the 1999 novel by Koushun Takami, Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action-thriller film directed by Kinji Fukasaku and written by Kenta Fukasaku. The film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tar Yamamoto, and Takeshi Kitano as junior high school students who are compelled to battle to death by the totalitarian government of Japan.
The Plot of Battle Royale Movie
Following a severe economic downturn in the near future, the Japanese government has enacted the “BR ACT” to combat juvenile delinquency. Shuya Nanahara, a middle school student, adjusts to life after his father’s suicide.
Their teacher, Kitano, resigns after being injured by Shuya’s best buddy, Yoshitoki Kuninobu. The following year, Shuya’s class goes on a field trip, but they are gassed and transported to a secluded island.
Kitano reappears surrounded by JSDF soldiers and explains that the class has been selected to participate in the annual Battle Royale as a result of the Act: they have three days to fight to the death until a victor emerges; explosive collars will kill uncooperative students or those in “danger zones.”
Each pupil is given meals, a map, supplies, and a weapon selected at random. Kitano executes two students for disobedience, among them Kuninobu. Twelve people die in the first six hours, four by suicide.
Psychotic Mitsuko Souma and psychopath Kazuo Kiriyama emerge as the game’s most hazardous competitors. After killing one student, transfer student Shogo Kawada lets Shuya go, but Shuya accidentally murders another student. Shinji Mimura, a basketball player, plans to hack into the computer system to disrupt the program.
Noriko admits that her father was unable to endure the animosity between him and his students, having been rejected by his own daughter and that he always considered Noriko to be his daughter. He requests that she kill him, but after threatening her, Shuya shoots him. After an altercation with his daughter, Kitano dies of his wounds.
The trio departs the island via boat, but Kawada succumbs to his wounds, content with having found fellowship. Shuya and Noriko are considered to be fugitives, with their last known location being Shibuya Station. As they flee, Noriko hands Shuya the Seto Dragon Claw butterfly knife Kuninobu used to injure Kitano in the beginning.
Cast of Battle Royale Movie
- Tatsuya Fujiwara as Shuya Nanahara
- Aki Maeda as Noriko Nakagawa
- Tarō Yamamoto as Shogo Kawada
- Takeshi Kitano as Kitano
- Masanobu Andō as Kazuo Kiriyama
- Kou Shibasaki as Mitsuko Souma
- Chiaki Kuriyama as Takako Chigusa
- Takashi Tsukamoto as Shinji Mimura
- Yutaka Shimada as Yutaka Seto
- Sousuke Takaoka as Hiroki Sugimura
- Eri Ishikawa as Yukie Utsumi
- Hitomi Hyuga as Yuko Sakaki
- Yukihiro Kotani as Yoshitoki Kuninobu
- Sayaka Ikeda as Megumi Eto
- Takayo Mimura as Kayoko Kotohiki
- Minami as Keiko Onuki
- Yūko Miyamura as Training Video Girl
Release Date of Battle Royale
Japan published Battle Royale on December 16, 2000. Over the course of the next two years, Battle Royale was released in 22 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America (in addition to Mexico), earning early cult film followings in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and the Philippines. In 2002, the inaugural screening in the United States took place at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California. The film was released in 3D in Japanese theatres on November 20, 2010.
Special Edition of Battle Royale
A special edition of the film with eight more minutes of running time was released after the original. Unusually, the bonus features include scenes shot after the initial film’s release.
Production of Battle Royale Movie
Kinji Fukasaku noted that he chose to direct the picture because the novel from which it was adapted reminded him of his experience as a 15-year-old munitions factory worker during World War II. His class was required to work in a weapons plant. In July 1945, US navy warships opened artillery fire on the plant.
The youngsters were unable to flee, so they hid beneath one another. The surviving students were required to dispose of the bodies. At that moment, Fukasaku realized that the Japanese government had lied about World War II, and he formed a deep-seated contempt for adults that he held for years.
Battle Royale’s score was composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Masamichi Amano, played by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and incorporates various pieces of Western classical music in addition to Amano’s own works.
“Dies Irae” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem is the choral work featured in the film’s overture and the original trailer. “Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan o” by the rap rock band Dragon Ash is not included in the Japanese or French editions of the soundtrack.
Controversies on Battle Royale Movie
Before Eiga Rinri Kanri Iinkai could rule on Fukasaku’s appeal to reject the R15 rating for the picture, National Diet members stated that the film was harmful to adolescents and criticized the film industry ratings, which were a kind of self-regulation by the Japanese film industry. Fukasaku withdrew the appeal in an effort to please the Japanese Diet in the belief that it would not pursue further cinema control expansion.
The Cultural Effect of Battle Royale Movie
The film gained a global cult following, especially after its DVD release, and became a cultural phenomenon. Battle Royale, according to Quentin Tarantino, is one of the most influential films of the last three decades. The film has had a significant impact on global popular culture, generating several works of fiction in a variety of global media.