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Battle Royale II (2003)

(NR) 134 mins

(NR) 134 mins

Plot Summary: Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Directors: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku

Writers: Kenta Fukasaku, Norio KidaKoushun Takami (characters)

Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shûgo Oshinari

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (Don’t Bother)  It’s as if this movie was written by a child: a plot by the World’s adults to get the World’s kids to kill each other; the ease with which anybody can pick up an assault rifle with a grenade-launcher attachment and instantly know how to operate it like a trained pro; the melodramatic speeches against The Man; and the awkward romantic moments inappropriately scattered throughout non-stop violent war.  The action is consistent, though, and Fujiwara does a great job of playing a very different role, now that his character has done a 180 after years on the run with insurgents.  Still, unless you’re a child, or the novelty of 9th-graders murdering each other is enough to get you geeked about this flick–and then you’ve got other issues, freak–hold off until the next installment of The Hunger Games.


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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