Battle Royale is a movie that for very obvious reasons could not have been made in the US. The plot of the film closely follows that of the novel, with the same premise of high schoolers forced to kill their friends (and rivals) off on an abandoned island. Watching it for the first time was a pretty crazy experience: it's very gory, it's shocking and probably even more troubling is the fact that it is a very funny movie. It's a macabre sensation to watch kids hacking at each other with sickles or shooting one another with Uzis and handguns while they yell out hilarious lines. With the differences in culture between America and Japan, especially the American problems with school violence and what not, this movie would've been cut to shreds by every morality group out there. But thankfully we have Japan, that wonderfully twisted, crazy archipelago where making weird movies is not only okay, but seems to have been embraced as a national pastime.
|It was probably the funky haircuts if you asked me.|
|Word of advice: don't stab your teachers. They might put you on a deserted island and force you to kill your friends.|
|No, Nanahara, he's not. In fact, it looks like he's got an axe sticking out of his head.|
TL;DR - Japanese high school students forced to kill each other on a deserted island because they dont behave in class - 9/10