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Battle Royale, 28 Days After!?

Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 8:22pm

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I know this is a very random post but i was just wondering..
Apparently both of these films are amazing, and 28 days after left people shaking in the middle of the night....

Have any of you seen either of them and are they worth buying. I want to order a few dvd's... and these are the two i'm looking at...
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 8:28pm

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Battle royale is fucking excellent and well worth seeing. By Beat takano (sp?) can't remember his name exactly but the guy who also directed 'brother'. Battle Royale is one of my favourite foreign films ever along with 'la Haine'.

The other one I think you are referring to '28 days later' the zombie flick set in London? I have yet to see that but I have heard it is excellent and can't wait to get it on dvd.

Anyway enough talking go and rent battle royale now!

Cheers.
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 8:30pm

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Neither of those are out in theaters in the US, yet. 28 Days Later looks great though. Never heard of Battle Royale.
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 8:49pm

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is battle royale in japanease or is it dubbed?
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 8:58pm

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TAP2 wrote:

is battle royale in japanease or is it dubbed?
Both on the special edition dvd I think.

The reason you havn't heard of battle royale Aculag is because it came out quite a bit ago and wasn't really released at the cinema. If you get the chance to see it though I recommend it.

Very moving stuff. Basic plot: The future in Japan. Youth gangs and crimes have become such a problem that teachers are beginning to get stabbed in school corridoors by pupils etc. So each year the government takes a random class from a random school at the end of each year and transport them onto and Island where they are forced to kill or be killed under a new law. Of course called 'battle royale'.

It really is very moving. Seeing these teenagers being forced to kill their own friends. I won't say anything more but it is very very worthwhile if you see it.

Cheers,
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Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 9:01pm

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Sounds good. I'll see if I can find it somewhere.
Posted: Sat, 19th Apr 2003, 9:30pm

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just got it for 10 quid of someone on amazon marketplace
hope it comes in the "mint condition" they said it would biggrin
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 12:25am

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BATTLE ROYALE!!!!!!

One of my favorite films of all time. Excellent.

smile Get it.
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 6:23am

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I wouldn't call Battle Royale "moving", but it is a decent flick. If you're into, to use Clockwork Orange terminology, the old "ultraviolence", this is the movie for you biggrin
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 7:52am

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I was about to get "Battle Royale" but the place where I was going to get it had sold out. "Beat" Takeshi Kitano's bad. I've only seen "Boiling Point", "Sonatine" and "Brother" of his but he impressed.

I have to get "Battle Royale" soon. I've seen the trailer a million times and apparently some people're trying to get it banned over here in the U.K. so I'd better hurry up.
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 8:15am

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I have to get "Battle Royale" soon. I've seen the trailer a million times and apparently some people're trying to get it banned over here in the U.K. so I'd better hurry up.
it must be kinda shocking and sick if people wan't to ban it...
when i read the amazon mini view i could tell it was going to be a powerful film...

I hope this guy sends it to me soon biggrin
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 9:06am

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Ive seen both of the films battle Royale is a pretty decent film, it does have some pretty powerful scenes in it, 28 Days Later is also very cool, the start of the film is very eerie, a totally deserted London one guy walking around on his own and its a new take on zombies which is pretty welcome, instead of gormlessly walking around they sprint at you and dont stop, not the biggest budgeted film but is pulled off very well, bit weird at times though
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 10:37am

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I've pre-ordered 28 days later...
I was wondering wether i should get beverly hills cop 3 (i know it's not amazing but i really like that film)
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 11:11am

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You're wrong. Beverly Hills Cop 3 is a pretty amazing film. smile
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 1:39pm

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Battle Royale I unfortunately have not yet seen, but I have never heard anything but praise for it.

28 Days Later, however, was one of the worst films I saw last year. Although I know I'm in the minority with that viewpoint.
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 3:44pm

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everyone has their own view biggrin

Beverly hills cop 3 was on last night, but i only watched the beggining (i've seen it before but only a kiddies edited version and wow, there's one hell of a difference.. they even cut out "bitch"!)
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 7:46pm

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Beat Takeshi didn't direct Battle Royale, and here's the proof: http://us.imdb.com/Details?0266308
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 9:41pm

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TheLimey wrote:

Beat Takeshi didn't direct Battle Royale, and here's the proof: http://us.imdb.com/Details?0266308
No, Kinji Fukasaku (RIP) directed it, he was the Eastern father of film violence and I'll miss importing his films sad
Posted: Sun, 20th Apr 2003, 9:44pm

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I know he didn't direct it. He played the 7th grade teacher. It's not his style.

I'm going to get some of Kinji Fukasaku's work soon. Heard he was pretty good.

By the way I saw "The Limey" today. quite good.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2003, 3:20pm

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Battle Royale! How did it end? I taped it off Film four and missed everything after the mad phone call between the teacher and his wife..

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Paul
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2003, 5:20pm

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I feel like an idiot because I haven't even heard of either of them.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Apr 2003, 5:23pm

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well they aren't exactly the films everyone knows about
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2003, 3:08pm

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ah it's arrived today.. in excellent condition from a seller on amazon market place. Just about to give him 5 stars rating biggrin

I'm saving it for one of those evenings, but i wanted to know whether it was in English or Japanese so i just played a small bit.
It just showed this school girl covered in blood, holding a knife and the subtitles said, "OH MY GOD. IS SHE SMILING?" tard

Sounds like it's not going to be the most pleasent film to watch smile
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2003, 3:15pm

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Ah yes. Thats right at the beginning it shows the previous years winner who is a young girl.
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2003, 4:46pm

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i really feel like watching it now... so tempting.
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2003, 4:58pm

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Turn the lights off and get a beer.

You'll like it.
Posted: Thu, 24th Apr 2003, 5:02pm

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The beer? Thats granted, but the movie...?
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 4:26pm

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i see why so many people found it distrubing and it is an extremely powerful film and very gripping.. Unlike many other movies it has such a large range of evil, naive and innocent characters.

Was it filmed on a low budget, or are all films in Japan not up the same standard as American and British films. The quality was grainy and the camera's wasn't smooth HOWEVER i liked this.. it really seemed to go with the film's style... I don't know if this was intentional or not.

Well i could go on but i'm not here to watch an essay.. I'm pleased I bought it and I enjoyed it. can't make up my mind if the beer was as good as the movie biggrin
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 4:43pm

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Over in the far east, the production values don't match up to the equipment available to Hollywood productions. Therefore Hong Kong and Japanese films often lack the visual sheen of western films.

However what they lack in budget and expensive equipment, they more than make up for in the passion behind them. It seems that most films to come out of Japan are striving to do something original, whereas hollywood churns out remakes, films of books and comics. The japanese are making things never before done.

Ok I'll shut up now.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 5:46pm

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i agree with you.. hollywood is coming up with far too much crap.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 5:58pm

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That's because Hollywood is running off of the "Do it Fast, Do it Cheap" policy. Which can also be called the "Why does this look like crap?" Policy. Let's hope some of us new generation of filmmakers can turn things around.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 6:00pm

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Hell yeah.
Posted: Fri, 25th Apr 2003, 6:12pm

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i mean... how long can it go before the world get bored with seeing the same thing over and over again.

one in five films made in hollywood are actually good.. the rest.. crap.
This year (yes since 2003) the only films i've seen for the 1st time which i thought were excellent
Minority Report, Battle Royale, Blade 2, 24 Series 2 (On TV).

I enjoyed, Valentine, What lies beneath, Panic Room and Not another Teen Movie..

Some films i just turn off cos they're so boring.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2003, 5:52am

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So far this year the only films I've enjoyed are Phone Booth and Identity. Both are pretty original, even though they might not seem so on the outside. My list will probably change on 5/2 and 5/15, so check back on me then.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2003, 1:07pm

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I'm one of those people who enjoys more films than they dislike. I can always find something I like in them.

I've not been to the cinema much this year. But I've seen.
The Tuxedo: Not bad, no way J.C's best.
The Transporter x2: Quite entertaining little action flick.
I spy x2: Also quit entertaining action flick with some funny bits.
Gangs of New York: Overratted, 2 hour film stretched out to 3 hours.
Catch me if you Can: Great film, just didn't seem to end.
Final Destination 2: Tacky but enjoyable.
Daredevil x2: Very poor.
Jackass: Hilarous.
Equilibrium x2: Best film of the year.
National Security: Few good bits.
Cradle 2 the Grave: Jet Li and Mark Dacascos, great. DMX, not great.
Bulletproof Monk: Chow kicked ass.
Jonnhy English: Quite a good laugh in places.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2003, 1:44pm

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i enjoyed sum of all fears, i watched that last night..
If you like thrillers then watch that.
Posted: Sat, 26th Apr 2003, 9:14pm

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I saw Identity last night, and that's the best movie I've seen this year so far. Unless you count Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, but technically that was released last year, so i'm not counting it.
Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 7:27pm

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I saw some stills from "Battle Royale 2" today, looks good.

kenja (sp) Fukasaku has some very interesting ideas on the philosphy of film making as well. This film could be good although as I heard people are trying to ban the first film over here, if they do, the second one probably won't get released too.
Posted: Mon, 28th Apr 2003, 8:03pm

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Battle Royale 2
Ok.... if they ban it here i'm movin' to Japan smile

what's the point in banning a film, maybe banning it from Television.... but not from buying it...
Okay, it does portray a collapsing society in an extremely violent way.. but it wouldn't have the same impact without the level of detail in gore and violence. I appreciate the feelings of people who dissaprove of the film, but i really think it's pointless to ban it.. For a start, hardly anyone knows about it. Hardly anyone i asked had heard of it.. infact, one person. You guys are obviously an exception because we are all fellow movie makers.. therefore we tend to have seen many similar films.

Anyway, I hope they don't ban it.. and I will be seeing the 2nd installment lol
Posted: Tue, 29th Apr 2003, 7:09am

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Naw Tarn I gotta agree with you. I was all excited about seeing '28 days....' and was disapointed with the end result. It has its moments but it is, like many other holocaust films, (Virus, The Omega Man) very depressing.