Battle Royale Finally Comes to North America March 20th on DVD/Blu-ray

Battle Royale (2000) Movie DVD CoverEssentially “The Hunger Games” before there was a “Hunger Games” book series, Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 film “Battle Royale” is one of those titles you would have heard about and sought out already if you were even the least bit interested in Asian cinema the last 10 years or so. The premise is certainly crazy enough that it’s become a massive cult hit, and for those who have never seen it, the film is making its DVD and Blu-ray debut in the States for the first time on March 20th, 2012 courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. Besides the 2000 original, Anchor Bay will also be releasing a “Battle Royale: The Complete Collection” 3-disc/4-disc set that will also include 2003′s “Battle Royale II”, directed by Kenta Fukasaku, the son of Kinji Fukasaku. The sequel, er, is not nearly as must-see as the original, and let’s leave it at that.

In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Now experience the complete Director’s Cut of Kinji Fukasaku’s uncompromising masterpiece – nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards® – available uncensored and unrated for the first time ever in America.

Here’s the new trailer for the DVD/Blu-ray release. May the odds forever be in your — er, I mean, check it out, kids killing kids!

Special Features in the Anchor Bay discs will include:

  • The Making Of BATTLE ROYALE
  • BATTLE ROYALE Press Conference
  • Instructional Video: Birthday Version
  • Audition & Rehearsal Footage
  • Special Effects Comparison Featurette
  • Tokyo International Film Festival 2000
  • Battle Royale Documentary
  • Basketball Scene Rehearsals
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • Filming On-Set
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Special Edition TV Spot
  • TV Spot: Tarantino Version
  • Director’s Cut with Japanese and English language and English subtitles

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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    About damn time. Especially handy because my all-region player is starting to crap out on me.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Bout damned time!!! This movie is awesome. The book is even worse!! I still want an American remake of this. Of course it would have to be ridiculously different but think about the prospect of the different personalities in American schools today having to fight each other. Geeks, vs goth, thugs, vs preps, jocks vs nerds! It’d be insane! The sequel movie was pretty much a generic action flick and took all the plotical satrie/commentary out. I’m intrested in Hunger Games, but BR is a much crazier, darker, and violent film and book.

    • http://askandembla.com Nik Matt

      The book is worse? An American remake?

      What drugs are you on?

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Worse as in more violent and messed up! And I think an American remake of this could work. In today’s economy and the amount of random violence perpetrated by teens, its not so hard to see. It would have to be well written and with the diversity of teens in school today the clique war would be great, especially watching each clique self destruct as their numbers dwindled. I don’t want some weak watered down version. And now with Hunger Games it may or may not happen.
        Sent on the go!

        • http://askandembla.com Nik Matt

          I get what you’re thinking but I’m not entirely sure how well the cliques would stick together before essentially being forced to turn on each other. Groups certainly didn’t fare well in the original and the longer they lasted the more crazy and paranoid the individual kids would get, haha. Remember the group of girls that nurse Shuya back to health then panic when they’re making food because someone poisoned the noodles, causing a Mexican standoff of sorts.

          I really think if an American version was to be made it should be handled by someone like Quentin Tarantino (who is a huge fan), David Fincher or even someone like Martin Scorsese. Hell, even the Wachowski brothers would do a good job. The biggest reason I’d want to see an American remake is because, assuming it has a good production team, some of the less spectacular and aspects of the original can be fixed.

          My biggest problem with the idea, however, is that I can’t see anyone other than Beat Takeshi playing the teacher.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Well that’s my point actually, The deterioration of those cliques would be great.Those are all great choices for the director. For the teacher, I’d have to say Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Michael Ironside, or Michael Wincott.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

            did you purchased the complete collection
            Im disappointed with BR2 its not the directors cut :-(
            but I like the book effect of the case it really cool

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Nah just DC of first film. Second one sucked. I will get it eventually.
            Sent on the go!

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          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

            BR2 is not a good sequel but still a good action movie
            its was a trilogy project but with Kinji’s death we got a classic BR and a very good first scene of BR2 and an average movie after that cuz its was not his son’s project but he just complete the story his dad has writed
            after he made the first one from the book Kinji write 2sequel for the movie but his son told the 3rd one will never be made but never said if its was destroy or put in a safe under key somewhere

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Yeah as a generic action movie it was okay. But compared to the first one it just wasn’t on the same level. I’m a completionist so like I said I will get it eventually.
            Sent on the go!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

            try to buy the directors cut for BR2:Revenge and not Requiem

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

    About Time
    and I do want a American remake but Im afraid because every Remake Suck okay 98% of tem I think Tarantino SHOULD be the only one to do it because he understand asian cinema

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Actually that’s not a horrible idea. I’d actually have him team up with Takshi Mike. Mike has already done a non Asian film with “Midnight Meat Train” so why not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

        tarantino with miike okay but with american studio its wont be a rated R movie they will change the all plot probably wont use high school kid because of all school shooting that one of the reason this movie never came out in america
        and now with hunger game who is actually a rip off but the writer said she never heard about battle royale so they dont need to do it because it wont be good enough
        akira has been canceled and its good news so they should forget american remake for BR

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Witht he current climate and school violence you’re absolutely right, Hollywood would change the setting most likely to not draw the paralels. And as close as the story of Hunger Games is to BR it is definitely not a ripoff. I’m not a fan or anything but I did some research and other than the premise of teens having to battle to the death and a dystopian world, they are very different. The Hunger Games are a punishment for a crushed rebellion 74 years prior. BR is just a way to try and keep a dying society calm in the face of fear from the youth.

          As for Akira, that was a mistake waiting to happen. I’m still all for american films based off anime, but ONLY if done with love and dedication. DiCaprio was fronting a Ninja Scroll movie, and wanted an all asian cast of J-pop stars (okay that part was pushing it, why not get established actors, though i know they cross over eaiser over there) to play the parts and it would’ve just had Hollywood money. I’m all for something like that with say Cowboy Bebpo, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, etc. Works where the main protagonists don’t have to be Asian and the story can be adapted regardless of culture.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

            hunger game and BR have enough similarity to say ir a rip off
            like BR theres 2 surviver and in the las book its like BR2 they are the enemies and they try to built a revolt
            okay they dont have explosive neckless dont know if they have a time limit and limit zone
            and they have a training before the beginning but from everything have read about the book its really really close to BR
            am I gonna watch it ?? Im really not sure but I wont read the book even if the book is more violent than the movie

            i didnt knew about dicaprio fronting a ninja scroll movie hope its wont ever happen its should be rated R and in japan there is some movie who are not ninja scroll live action but very similar
            and when american film maker are making a asian stytle movie like forbidden kingdom they are always doing something that will not be liked by real asian movie fans like myself there are making movie with the american touch that wont be popular in asia
            there is a 47 ronin ammerican remake in production I am affraid to see the result because its not all japanese cast

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Okay first I am a real asian film fan. Second the Ninja Scroll film would’ve been shot in Japan. It was him producing and getting the finances together. Being Rated R is most definitely a ust though. And the film I think you’re referring to was “Shinobi: Heart Under Blade” based on the same novel that “Basilisk” was based on. I liked that film, and all i could think of was “This+bigger budget=Ninja Scroll.” But Forbidden Kingdom wasn’t bad really. Was it up to par with true asian wuxia films? No, but it was decent for what it was. Plus that film was made for the teen/young adult se, not full on adults. I’m talking about taking that kind of level of detail and money for sets, location, and costumes but the rest would be done by an Asian cast, and mixed crew.

            And again Ninja Scroll to me would be a bda idea if it wasn’t for the full on Asian cast he wanted. I’d muchrather anime adaptations like the others I’ve mentioned. A Trigun or Cowboy Bebop Live action could be awesome!! And a Fullmetal one? Let’s not even get started there

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699321205 Pascal Moffatt

            no the live action movie I think could be close to ninja scroll is Reborn from Hell and Samurai Reincarnation Makai Tensho
            fobidden kingdom story with the white kid ”going back in time” with the monkey king staff its a fail
            1st the staff he use is said to weight something like 800pound and sun wukong is the only one who can lift it
            in my book to be could this movie should have been made without this white kid and focus on monkey king and the journey to the west
            but on the martial art side it was awesome to finally see jackie with jet in the same movie fighting and collin chu is also a good martial artist this side its was great but the story is to american not chinese enough for me
            when an american studio buy the right for an anime and do a live action the studio should put a clause in it so the original writer could work with them so it could be accurate
            same for the videogame movie
            mortal kombat 1 was good the 2nd dont need to talk about it DoA make me sick street fighter was good legend of chung le well like DoA
            tekken wasnt that bad could be much better but the the worst
            Blood was a good action vampire movie but not a good adaptation
            crow zero was my type of japanese school gangster movie but never read the manga so cant say if it good adaptation
            takashi miike Like a Dragon the movie based on the Sega game Yakuza was good close to the game
            yes there is some anime manga that can be done without a full japanese cast when we can clearly see wath nationality the main caracthere is
            Im not a big anime fan I like Ninja Scroll basilisk(manga anime not to much about the movie not enough violent) and other in that type but Im hard to satisfy on that side
            but Ill keep on saying they should stop trying to do american remake and to they re own thing
            and I wont talk about The Crow remake/reboot cuz for me the original with Brandon Lee was AWESOME and should not be redone they can do some sequel since the crow is never the same person

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Ah haven’t seen those. As for Forbidden Kingdom, if anything, it was written as a non-Chinese person’s love letter to the mythology of the Monkey King and way to garner interest in it for Americans. I believe much like the “Avatar The Last Airbender” cartoon, its a way to show appreciation for the culture and philosophy. Something else to remember and “Blood” and “Shinobi” are good examples of this, as is the recent “Starblazer” film, even with a decent budget, the effects aren’t up to Hollywood standards. And though the movies were still ok, they could’ve had more polish. I do agree that when an anime company sells rights to a property they should keep a clause stating they have to okay any changes.
            Sent on the go!

  • stevendoyle

    This story puzzles me. The DVD has been available in the U.S. for years; I saw it via Netflix. (Note: he’s only Takeshi Kitano when he’s directing; when he’s acting, he’s Beat Takeshi.)

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I think those may have been the regionless over seas release. It did have an english dub, but it was distributed over seas.