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Battle Royale Collector's Edition


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Mature Audience

Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Contains violence

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"Brilliant Japanese Filmmaking."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Finding this movie was fantastic. Having heard friends rave about the film I decided to buy it, and was not disappointed.

This is a fantastic movie; anyone who enjoyed Kill Bill and is not scared of subtitles will love it. The plot is relatively loose allowing for plenty of violence without it slowing down the narrative, in fact the constant death progresses the narrative as each death brings the viewer closer to the end of the Battle Royale.

"Sure to become a cult favourite!"
4 stars"
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I first came across Battle Royale hidden away in the back of our local video store, and up for something different I thought, “What the heck”. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

This film is one of those gems that rises above the standard action norm to become a cult classic. Loved Kill Bill Volume 1? Well this is the film that influenced Quentin Tarantino's di­recting.

The gritty opening scenes create an atmosphere of chaos, which allows you to be immersed in the story of just how far the government is willing to go to keep Japan's youth “under control”. Every killing is a fight for survival, and the every day teenage concerns of crushes, cliques, and revenge seems to highlight the brutality of the situation that these kids are in.

Battle Royale has been compared with “Lord of the Flies” and “A Clockwork Orange”, however I think it's in a league of its own. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in Asian cinema, or gritty action films.


Could you kill your best friend?

At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleagured and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.

Overseen by a former teacher, Kitano ('Beat' Takeshi), and requiring that a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, the Act dictates that only one pupil be allowed to survive the punishment. He or she will return, not as the victor, but as the ultimate proof of the lengths to which the government are prepared to go to curb the tide of juvenile disobediance. Likened to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange by many critics, this explosive film shocked a nation with its violent portrayal of a society in ruins.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2003
Length (Minutes)
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Action
  • Adventure
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Collector's Edition
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