Battle Royale

is a 2000 Japanese action-thriller film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, with a screenplay written by Kenta Fukasaku, based on the controversial 1999 novel by Koushun Takami. Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarō Yamamoto, and Takeshi Kitano, the film follows a group of junior-high-school students forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government. The film drew controversy and was banned or excluded from distribution in several countries; Toei Company refused to sell the film to any United States distributor for over a decade due to concerns about potential controversy and lawsuits, until Anchor Bay Entertainment eventually acquired the film in 2010 for a direct-to-video release.


In the near-future, following a major recession and high unemployment rate, the Japanese government has passed the "BR ACT" to curb the nation's juvenile delinquency, which takes a random class of delinquent students and send them to the Battle Royale games where only one survivor gets to make it out alive, thus becoming a good citizen of Japan. Middle school student Shuya Nanahara copes with life after his father committed suicide. One day in the middle of the school year, their teacher, Kitano, resigns after being knife wounded by Yoshitoki Kuninobu, Shuya's best friend. One of Shuya's classmate, Noriko, picks up the knife and secretly keeps it in her possession.