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cover: Battle Royale II

Battle Royale II

Director(s): Kinji Fukasaku, Kenta Fukasaku

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Natsuki Kato, Riki Takeuchi, Beat Takeshi Kitano

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, teen movie, Drama

Countries: Japan

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Running Time: 132m.

The much awaited sequel to the most controversial film of 2000. Battle Royale II stars young actors Aki Maeda and famous teen sitcom actor Tatsuya Fujiwara.

At the conclusion of the last millennium, Japan faced economic crisis with 15% unemployment and 800,000 students quit school after seeing no future hope. To counter such rebellious activity in schoolchildren, the Japanese Government issued the 'BR Act', a 'Millennium Education Reform' as a brutal solution. The 'BR Act' requires that a randomly selected Japanese high school participate in 'Battle Royale', a game of death which involves students being sent to an island with 3 days to kill each other off until there is one survivor. They are given random weapons ranging from pot-lids to high powered machineguns, and are forced to wear an explosive collar which will detonate if the children break the rules or remain in an area which has been declared off-limits.

The film, 'Battle Royale', released in 2000 focused on Shiroiwa Prefecture's Public Junior High School's class 3B being forced into Battle Royale. The film concludes with the two main characters, Shuya Nanahara and Noriko Nakagawa, escaping the island and fleeing to Tokyo.

Three years after escaping Battle Royale, Shuya Nanahara forms an rebel group called 'Wild Seven' to bring down the Japanese government and stop the BR Act. Like the adults who have contempt for the young, 'Wild Seven' shows their contempt for adults, urging all young people to rebel against adults and stand up for their rights. Nanahara's 'Wild Seven' soon proves to be a terrorist organization, the rebel group receiving training in Afghanistan with another group of young Japanese terrorists, and then destroying several major buildings in Tokyo city, killing thousands.

The terrorist attack in Tokyo sends a shockwave throughout Japan, and the government is forced to amend its law, announcing the 'BR2 Act'. Machishikanotoride class 3B is taken by the Japanese military during a Christmas ski vacation, and the new 'BR2 Act' is outlined to the new class by the aggressive new BR coordinator, Riki Takeuchi:

1. The student who manages to kill Nanahara in the time frame of 3 days is the winner and is allowed to return home.

2. There is a new 'pair tag match' rule. To improve battlefield efficiency, students are grouped up in pairs and must remain together during their hunt for Nanahara. If one of the pair is killed, the other is killed by their explosive collar.

As in BR1, two students violently oppose their new task and as a result are killed. The remaining 40 students are sent in automatic boats to the beach of the island where 'Wild Seven' has been found to be hiding and the battle begins once again.

Extended Information:

"Compared to Battle Royale, the sequel will have more violence but the story will give more hope to the audience," said Kenta Fukasaku, the son of the director, producer and the scriptwriter of Battle Royale and its sequel at the press conference in Tokyo on September 25.

Battle Royale 2 will not follow the story based on the original novel, but will be a "war movie" reflecting the director's personal experiences during World War II.

Politicians in Japan attempted to have Battle Royale 1 banned, however all that resulted was an R-15 rating and thousands more box office sales for the film. (