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Impressions on Re-Watching Battle Royale

Re-watched the film Battle Royale last weekend. This is the first time in nearly a decade (!).

It holds up pretty well, but the experience of watching farther removed from high school is different. Young watchers are clearly supposed to project themselves into Shuyu Nanahara. Watching it now it’s clear that in many ways Shogo Kawada and Teacher Kitano are more interesting characters.

Talk about making someone feel old…

The book’s pretty good, too.

Both the book and film are less shocking than United Red Army, which actually happened.

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2 thoughts on “Impressions on Re-Watching Battle Royale
  1. Had zero desire to watch it when my friend got a copy, have zero desire to watch BR: The Stranger Names Edition (also known as Hunger Games) now:P

  2. Bit of similarity between Suckerpunch and the others. Main differences are a) the kids aren’t fighting each other and b) their tormenters are corrupt individuals, not the leader of their nation.

    Re: Harrowing. That is a good analogy–so would the Christ figure in Suckerpunch be the weird old man, the lobotomist or Babydoll herself?

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