Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka 2003
Three years after the events in “Battle Royale,” Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara)is a well-known terrorist bent on bringing down the government. In response, they order the creation of the “Battle Royale 2” program, and send a class of junior-high students to catch and kill him. Written by Jacquie Allen <[email protected]>
» Official Sites: Official site News, information, character diaries, trailers [Japan] » Country: Japan » Language: Japanese » Release Date: 5 July 2003 (Japan)
» Also Known As: Battle Royale II: Requiem
» Filming Locations: Nishisinoki-gun, Nagasaki, Japan
Budget:$9,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend: $714,697 (Japan), 4 July 2003, Limited Release
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Production Co: Fukasaku-gumi, GAGA, Nippon Shuppan Hanbai (Nippan) K.K.
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Runtime: 155 min (director’s cut) Sound Mix: Dolby Digital Color: Color Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1 – »
Taglines: We declare war on all adults! »
artstupid » BR 2 never finds the errie tone of the first film or novels. I contribute a great deal of this to the "over the top" acting and lack of serious character development.
What Battle Rotaye 2 does manage to do is pack much more violence into it's running time, and slowly build a very politically incorrect message. I don't agree with the political philosophy here, but I must give Fukasaku credit for having some seriously big balls to make this. Then again, he was dying from cancer so he never had to personnaly face any responsibility. There are many pro Al Quida/ Anti U.S. things going on here, and he hits you over the head with it. From destroying 2 twin towers to living in the mountains of Afghanistan! There is a speech given twice about all the countries the U.S. has bombed (and I agree that America has opened it's self up to global hatred), and it's suggested that Japan goes along with the U.S. cause so many other countries do. The later being Japan's downfall. There is also some anti Israel jabs in a scene showing the children of what looks exactly like West Bank. There is mention of victims of terrorism, but even these characters are easily won over to the side of the terrorist.
This is strong stuff, and I commend Fukasaku for giving me pause to think a little harder about how I stand on global issues. No matter how silly I keep telling myself this film is…..it's one of the most subversive films ever directed toward capitalism.
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