Asian exclusive NTSC/All Code Special Edition DVD! Loaded with Special Features, WowWow Special, Audition, TV Spot, WowWow Trailer, Making Film, Birthday Party, CG, Orchestra Recording, Tokyo Film Festival, Theatrical Trailer, DVD Trailer, Art Gallery, emorial Photo Album, the First Term, 1999. 4 : The Book Was Published, Wowow Special, 1999. 10 - 2000. 5 : Audition, 2000. 6 - 9 : Shooting, Making of Birthday Party, Memorial Photo Album. - the Second Term, 2000. 10 : Crank Up, CG, Orchestra Recording, Tokyo Film Festival, 2000. 11 : Marketing, BR Affair, 2000. 12 : Release, Art Gallery, - the Third Term, 2001. 2 : Filming a Special Edition, Making Of, 2001. 3 : Finished, 2001. 4 : Special Edition Release, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot, Wowow Trailer, DVD Trailer, 'Movie Is a War' Trailer. With the Japanese currently leading the way in thought-provoking cinematic violence it's only fitting that Kenta Fukasaku's Battle Royale is being touted as a Clockwork Orange for the 21st century. Based on the novel by Koshun Takami, the film opens with a series of fleeting images of unruly Japanese school kids, whose bad behavior provides a justification for the 'punishments' which will ensue. To be honest, anyone who has grown up with Grange Hill will view these aggressive teenagers' acts as pretty moderate, but in the context of Japanese culture, their lack of respect is a challenge to the traditional values of respecting ones elders. Once the prequel has been dispensed with, the classmates are drugged and awaken on an island where they find they have been fitted with dog collars that monitor their every move. Instructed by their old teacher ('Beat' Takeshi) with the aid of an upbeat MTV-style video, they are told of their fate, after an impartial lottery they have been chosen to fight each other in a three-day, no-rules contest, the 'Battle Royale'. Their only chance of survival in the 'Battle' is through the death of all their classmates. Some pupils embrace their mission with zeal, while others simply give up or try to become peacemakers and revolutionaries. However, the ultimate drive for survival comes from the desire to protect the one you love. The film looks like a war-flick on occasions, with intense Apocalypse Now-style imagery (check out the classical score blasted over the tannoys with sweeping shots of helicopters). Yet, Battle Royale works on many different levels, highlighting the authorities' desperation to enforce law and order and the alienation caused by the generation gap. But whether you view the film as an important social commentary or simply enjoy the adrenalin fuelled violence, this is set to become cult viewing for the computer game generation and beyond. Widescreen 16:9, DTS & Dolby Digital 5.1, Original Japanese Dialogue with optional English or Korean Subtitles. Tartan Asia. 2003.