Battle Royale

2000 NR 1h 54m DVD

Battle Royale

2000 NR 1h 54m DVD
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When even schoolchildren begin to abuse a system on the verge of social collapse, the Japanese government introduces a strict new punishment whereby randomly chosen students are taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death.
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôsuke Takaoka, Takashi Tsukamoto, Yukihiro Kotani, Masanobu Andô, Ko Shibasaki
Kinji Fukasaku
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Japanese: DTS 5.1 Surround
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Battle Royale is a super-violent Japanese sci-fi film from 2000, telling roughly the same story as The Hunger Games, but with a different perspective. The fights and killings are more over-the-top and cartoonish, with a great deal more blood. Some sexual violence is implied, and teen crushes develop though nothing intimate occurs. Language, in the English subtitles, contains a few strong words such as "f--k" and "s--t," and teens are seen both drinking and smoking. Thanks to high praise from some noted directors and critics, this movie is a considered a cult classic and may be on a must-see list for cinema-savvy teens. (Note: there is a 114-minute theatrical cut and a 122-minute, unrated cut.)

Sexual Content

Many of the teens nurse crushes on one another, but most are very shy about admitting it. Some implied sexual violence.


The violence in the movie is over-the-top and unrealistic, but still very intense. It includes knives and stabbing, arrows, crossbows, guns of all types, shooting, grenades, explosions, fighting, poison, severed and/or exploding heads, an ax to the head, suicide, arguing, and lots of blood and gore. A teen discovers his father's dead body (hanging after a suicide). A teacher smacks (and kills) his teen students. A mother accepts money to allow a man to sexually abuse her daughter. A teen tries (and fails) to force himself on another teen girl.


Language is in English subtitles, and foul language doesn't really start to appear until the last third. Words include "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "Goddamn," and "asshole."

Social Behavior

There's an anti-totalitarian message that warns against brainwashing and the failure of critical thinking. Authority must be questioned sometimes.


A bottle of Tanqueray gin is seen in a flashback. Signs for Coca-Cola and Tower Records are seen in the epilogue.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens are seen smoking occasionally, and drinking from a flask. Adults also drink alcohol from time to time.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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