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Battle Royale II: Requiem

July 3, 2010

Battle Royale II- Requiem
Director: Kinji Fukasaku/Kenta Fukasaku 
Writers: Kenta Fukasaku/Koushun Takami/Norio Kida 
Producers: Kenta Fukasaku/Kimio Kataoka/Shigeyuki Endo/Hikaru Kawase 
Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara/Aki Maeda/Shugo Oshinari
Year: 2003
Country: Japan
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 155 minutes

Three years after the events of the original Battle Royale, the survivor of the game, Shuya Nanahara, is now an internationally-known terrorist and, leading his group known as Wild Seven, is determined to bring down the government. To counter this new threat, the government enacts the "New Century Terrorist Counter – Measure Alternative" program, (a.k.a. the Battle Royale II act), and sends the forty-two students of Shikanotoride Junior High Class 3-B to hunt Nanahara and his cohorts down in their island stronghold. Shiori Kitano, the daughter of the late headmaster of Nanahara’s first Battle Royale, signs up for the program, to avenge her father. In order for the government to study the benefits of "teamwork", the new students are forced to work in pairs with their collars electronically linked so that if one of them is killed, the other dies as well. They must kill Nanahara in three days or die…

This time, it’s war!

Battle Royale is one of my all-time favourite movies but the sequel wasn’t as good as the first movie. The story was very average, it started off great with some twists to the new game of Battle Royale which was all good and well but then halfway through the movie, an all-new storyline started and it just wasn’t really very interesting. The characters didn’t really stand out from one another nor did they bring any kind of personality to the movie except for Shuya Nanahara who was in the first movie. You didn’t really feel as connected to the characters as you did in the first movie and the characters weren’t really written well either. The acting was mediocre, some of the actors in the movie could have been a lot better than they were. There’s one guy in the movie that looked like he was having a fit every scene he was in but there were other actors who played their characters very well. The writing isn’t bad but the direction was good. Unfortunately, this isn’t really a good sequel.

For me, this just didn’t reach the quality that the first movie had. Battle Royale had style, it was cool, the violence might have been over-the-top but it didn’t feel unnecessary and the most important thing, it had guts (so to speak). Battle Royale II, however, started following in the first movie’s footsteps until halfway through, when the second movie went its own way and got lost. The story was done so well at the start and it kept you gripped right up until halfway through the movie, when it started to become tedious and boring. You really didn’t care much for the characters because you wasn’t really connected to them like you was in the first movie. I could also tell the quality of writing wasn’t really the same as the first movie. I thought that Tatsuya Fujiwara, who played Shuya Nanahara, was great, as was some of the other cast but it wasn’t enough to save the sequel. The violence was there yet again, loads of blood was shed but it lacked that bit of style that the first movie had. Overall, it was quite a disappointing sequel to a fantastic movie and, if I’m honest, it’s quite pointless. There isn’t really any need for a sequel for this movie, it was great on its own. There’s a chance you may like this if you liked the first movie but it didn’t do anything for me.

4/10
Not good, not good at all. I didn’t expect anything from this movie and I’m glad I didn’t because I’d have been even more disappointed. I didn’t think the first one really needed a sequel so this is just pointless. It lacked everything that made me love the first movie.

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