History Literature / BattleRoyale

9th Jun '18 7:18:13 AM Gemser
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* ActionSurvivor: Noriko and Shuya, just barely in Shuya's case.



** The parents and government of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} allow this to happen doing absolutely nothing to stop it. In fact, the Defense Forces are the ones that ''had the idea'' and carries out the sick games. Admittedly however, protesting tends to get you shot in the head or arrested, as the Government are to showcase at every opportunity.

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** The parents and government of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} allow this to happen doing absolutely nothing to stop it. In fact, the Defense Forces are the ones that ''had the idea'' and carries out the sick games. Admittedly however, protesting tends to get you shot in the head or arrested, as the Government are to showcase at every opportunity. See also CentralTheme.



* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Cyanide poisoning renders a person unable to use oxygen. It does ''not'' make you vomit blood.



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Sakura and Kazuhiko. Yuko as well, during her FreakOut.



* BloodUpgrade: In the movie, Takako doesn't go off at Niida when he points his crossbow at her and threatens to shoot, but when he [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking grazes her face with a crossbow bolt.]]
** However, in the film he does this because she startled him, lunging forward in an aggressive manner. In the novel he makes it abundantly clear he plans to rape her when she won't willingly have sex with him.



* BoomHeadshot: Common in the Manga(along with an eye is blown out of its socket by the sheer force.)

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* BoomHeadshot: Common in the Manga(along Manga (along with an eye is blown out of its socket by the sheer force.)



* BrokenBird: Mitsuko, Yuko and Yoshimi.



* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Every students' death is announced by the BigBad, and by the end [[spoiler:only two students remain]].

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* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Every CentralTheme: Next to violence, Japanese society's perceived frontline between the youngsters and the elders. A common interpretation of this story is that the adults (that is everybody past their mid-20s or so) see themselves as helpless against the deep trench between them and the youth and intentionally shift the trench between the students by forcing them into a PrisonersDilemma DeadlyGame with the resources of the elder generation (a strict hierarchy and military weapons). Even the students' death is announced by the BigBad, and by the end [[spoiler:only two students remain]].parents either can't do anything about it or don't care about it (see AdultsAreUseless too).



* ChuckingChalk: The teacher throws chalk at students who talk in "class". The first time. The second time, it's a knife.



* CruelTwistEnding:
** [[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]]'s manga death.
** [[spoiler: It appears that Shogo had made it out of the Program and would escape with Shuya and Norkio... until he dies of a gunshot wound Kazuo gave him in the arena.]]

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* CruelTwistEnding:
** [[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]]'s manga death.
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CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler: It appears that Shogo had made it out of the Program and would escape with Shuya and Norkio... until he dies of a gunshot wound Kazuo gave him in the arena.]]]]
%% ** [[spoiler:Hirono Shimizu]]'s manga death.



* DeadlyGame: The Program.

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* DeadlyGame: The Program.Program is very deadly. Out of 42 students only one can survive and there is no such thing as foul play or unneccessary roughness. If there's no winner after three days, all of them will die.



* DystopianEdict: The Battle Royale law. It's the legitimization for the program and keeps all people in it from being criminally persecuted.



* ForeignLanguageTitle

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* ForeignLanguageTitleForeignLanguageTitle: The film is called "Battle Royale" all over the world, including Japan.



* FreudianTrio: [[TheMcCoy Shuya]], [[TheKirk Noriko]], and [[TheSpock Kawada]].

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%% * FreudianTrio: [[TheMcCoy Shuya]], [[TheKirk Noriko]], and [[TheSpock Kawada]].



* GottaKillThemAll: To win the Program.

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* GottaKillThemAll: To win the Program.Program you must be the last survivor, either by murdering everybody who crosses your way or waiting until all other people have gone. Kiriyama and [[spoiler:Mitsuko]] opt for the first possibility.



* AHouseDivided: The girls in the lighthouse.

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* AHouseDivided: The girls in the lighthouse. Deadly distrust drives them apart of each other.



* JokeWeapon: Some students got completely useless weapons, like Yutaka's fork, Noriko's boomerang, Yumiko's darts, Shuya's pot lid and (in the movie) Kiriyama's paper fan.
** That said, Shuya does find a use for the pot lid as a makeshift shield when he's attacked by [[AnAxeToGrind a hatchet wielding student]].



* LeaveNoSurvivors

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* LeaveNoSurvivorsLeaveNoSurvivors: You can only win the game if you are the last survivor.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A whopping total of forty-two students are press-ganged into The Program. A few of them are killed off immediately and without being developed (moreso in the movie version), but the rest get their own chapters (usually involving a flashback to their days at school). The second film is the same, but kills off many more straight away so as to only focus on half a dozen or so main characters.



* MartialPacifist: Hiroki Sugimura.

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%% * MartialPacifist: Hiroki Sugimura.



* MoreDakka: In the movie, Kiriyama dispatches quite a few people with the Uzi he takes from the first group that ambushes him. That is not to say that he doesn't use other weapons.
* MustNotDieAVirgin: Niida in all three versions tries to persuade Chigusa of this. Unfortunately, he doesn't take "no" for an answer and becomes a bit more forceful. Yukie also acknowledges that she never would have found the courage to make moves on Shuya if not for the whole "surrounded by students trying to kill me" thing.
* NewTransferStudent: Both Kiriyama and Shogo are this in the film.



* NoseTapping: Hiroki does it.

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%% * NoseTapping: Hiroki does it.



* PsychoForHire: Kazuo Kiriyama, in the movie.



* SayMyName: "Shuya!" "Nobu!" *BOOM*

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%% * SayMyName: "Shuya!" "Nobu!" *BOOM*



* TeensAreMonsters: Or they are ''forced'' to be, by adults.
** The main question asked of the movie is a large part of the point of the story. 'Could you kill your best friend?' In a lot of ways it doesn't matter that the protagonists are teens, it's about human nature in general.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The object of the Program.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Yuichiro Takiguchi and Tadakatsu Hatagami.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Sugimura and Kotohiki]] in the manga. Ogawa and Yamamoto in all versions, along with [[spoiler: Kawada and Keiko]].
** To a lesser extent, ''any'' couple who died together ([[spoiler: namely Yoshimi and Youji and Sakura and Kazuhiko]]), because, well, even if they're together before The Program, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne it obviously couldn't last past the game]].
** Non-romantic example: the [[spoiler:girls' of the lighthouse]] "funeral", so they could be friends again in death.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Yumiko Kusaka and Yukiko Kitano, respectively, in the novel.

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* TeensAreMonsters: Or they are ''forced'' to be, by adults.
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The main question asked of the movie is a large part of the point of the story. 'Could you kill your best friend?' In a lot of ways it doesn't matter that the protagonists are teens, it's about human nature in general.
* ThereAreNoRules: As Kitano explains, there's no such thing as foul play, the students are allowed to to anything to ensure to be the last survivor. This includes murder, manslaughter, physical injury, arson, betrayal, manipulation... the laws of society don't exist on this island anymore.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The object of the Program.
Program. Many people still work together but sooner or later they'll have to settle the score.
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* ThoseTwoGuys: Yuichiro Takiguchi and Tadakatsu Hatagami.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Sugimura and Kotohiki]] in the manga. Ogawa and Yamamoto in all versions, along with [[spoiler: Kawada and Keiko]].
** To a lesser extent, ''any'' couple who died together ([[spoiler: namely Yoshimi and Youji and Sakura and Kazuhiko]]), because, well, even if they're together before The Program, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne it obviously couldn't last past the game]].
** Non-romantic example: the [[spoiler:girls' of the lighthouse]] "funeral", so they could be friends again in death.
%% * TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Yumiko Kusaka and Yukiko Kitano, respectively, in the novel.



* {{Tsundere}}: Chigusa, by Sugimura's account. [[DefrostingIceQueen She's more the original version, though, where as you get to know her she warms up considerably.]]
* TheVamp: Mitsuko's strategy mainly involves gaining people's trust and getting them while their guard is down.



* TheVoiceless: Kiriyama in the film, he doesn't say a single word despite being the main antagonist.



** Shogo was the winner of the last (third to last in the film) year's program. It doesn't protect him fro being part of the program again.

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** Shogo was the winner of the last (third to last in the film) year's program. It doesn't protect him fro from being part of the program again.



* WithThisHerring: A few of the weapons given out at the start. Including a megaphone, a pair of binoculars, a shamisen, and a squeaky toy hammer. Shuya's pot lid from the film is arguably a subversion, as it saves his life when he's attacked by a student with an axe.



* YamatoNadeshiko: Noriko Nakagawa, at least in the manga. She's sweet, feminine, a good cook, a dutiful daughter, and loving sister... Stands up to, and survives, the Program (admittedly with help, but she ''was'' wounded). Not only that, she's tough-minded enough to tell Shogo Kawada, perfectly politely, that he's tearing himself up inside for no reason, and that Keiko would have understood and forgiven him [[spoiler: for shooting her by mistake in the previous Program.]] Oh, and she delivers the death-blow to [[ImplacableMan Kazuo Kiriyama.]]



* ZenSurvivor: Shogo Kawada, of the previous Program.
29th Apr '18 6:29:23 PM MG_RAXA
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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi was a sadistic rapist who often cracked jokes at the expense of the students that died in the Program, and gleefully relishing in the Program pushing scared kids into murdering each other. Kitano, his counterpart from the film, while still no saint, is shown to be much more sympathetic - working a job where the students had zero respect for him (one even ''maims'' him), under the heel of a fascist government in the throes of an economic crash, with a family that ignores him at best (and, at worst, a daughter who outright hates him). He even [[spoiler: tried to make sure Noriko won]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was the only student that showed respect for him.]]

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** Kinpatsu Sakamochi was a sadistic rapist who often cracked jokes at the expense of the students that died in the Program, and gleefully relishing relishes in the Program pushing scared kids into murdering each other. Kitano, his counterpart from the film, while still no saint, is shown to be much more sympathetic - working a job where the students had zero respect for him (one even ''maims'' him), under the heel of a fascist government in the throes of an economic crash, with a family that ignores him at best (and, at worst, a daughter who outright hates him). He even [[spoiler: tried to make sure Noriko won]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because she was the only student that showed respect for him.]]



** The film also makes a ''lot'' more of the kids refuse to play or simply killing themselves - the ones who don't off themselves, Kiriyama wipes out, best exemplified in the delinquent gang who only try to restrain Kiriyama because they know he has something to do with the Program, all the while noting they refuse to play along with the Program.

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** The film also makes a ''lot'' more of the kids refuse to play play, attempt to cooperate, or simply killing themselves - the ones who don't off themselves, Kiriyama wipes out, best exemplified in the delinquent gang near the beginning who only try to simply restrain Kiriyama because they know he has something to do with the Program, all the interrogate him, while noting telling him they refuse to play along with have zero intention of playing the Program.game.



** Mitsuko Souma's ultra-sexual portrayal is an actual ''rapist'' in the manga (the novel and film leave it more open about whether she goes that far). Kazuo Kiriyama, however, was massively Flanderized in the film. His AxeCrazy streak is so magnified that it becomes his only characteristic; in the original novel he has a group of friends and can at least put up a facade of normalcy.

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** Mitsuko Souma's ultra-sexual portrayal is an actual ''rapist'' in the manga (the novel and film leave it more open about whether she goes that far). far).
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Kazuo Kiriyama, however, was massively Flanderized in the film. His AxeCrazy Kiriyama gets his AxCrazy streak is so magnified to the point that it becomes his only characteristic; he's nothing more than a mute one-man genocide machine who [[LeeroyJenkins goes sprinting after every quarry he can find, guns blazing]]; in the original novel he has novel, he's a dispassionate psychopath who maintained a group of friends and can at least friends, put up a facade of normalcy.being normal, and is extremely dispassionate in dispatching the competitors.



* GenreBusting: The film is notoriously hard to classify, and the novel is no better. Some consider it horror due to the premise, but that classification always causes "traditional" horror fans to balk because it ''isn't'' traditional. Action-adventure may be better, but the satire and themes make it a little misleading. In Western DVD stores the problem is mooted by its placing in the World Cinema section anyway, with the novel being classified by bookstores as sci-fi, presumably due to the SpeculativeFiction and AlternateHistory aspects.

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* GenreBusting: The film is notoriously hard to classify, and the novel is no better. Some consider it horror due to the premise, but that classification always causes "traditional" horror fans to balk because it ''isn't'' traditional. Action-adventure may be better, but the satire and themes make it a little misleading. In Western DVD stores the problem is mooted by its placing It's often lumped in the World Cinema section anyway, with 'foreign' films (which is definitely is), and the novel being is classified by bookstores as sci-fi, presumably due to the SpeculativeFiction and AlternateHistory aspects.
13th Apr '18 1:05:32 PM SinDustries
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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has a unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.

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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} fascist, alternate-timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has a unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.
19th Mar '18 3:27:20 PM Ai-Fan
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Mitsuko had started having her period the day prior her fight with Hirono.
9th Mar '18 7:59:38 AM eschlowx
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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Probably part of the reason that Shuya is a ChickMagnet, as he's one of the nicest boys in the class.
9th Mar '18 7:49:38 AM eschlowx
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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:Between Shuya and Noriko. They escape the Greater East Asian Republic together, and though it's not made explicit that Shuya returns Noriko's feelings, it's pretty heavily implied. It's less ambiguous in the manga, where the epilogue suggests they at least get a RelationshipUpgrade at some point, but it's not clear whether they stay together given the manga's DownerEnding]].
6th Mar '18 4:01:41 PM fruitstripegum
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* ShootEverythingThatMoves: Most of the students attack others on sight, ''especially'' Kiriyama, who has no qualms about killing his classmates.



* ShootEverythingThatMoves: Most of the students attack others on sight, ''especially'' Kiriyama, who has no qualms about killing his classmates.
7th Feb '18 11:48:33 AM N.Harmonik
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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.

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In a fascist alternate timeline UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} called the [[PoliceState Greater East Asia Republic,]] the government has an a unique way of curbing delinquency amongst its youth: It chooses 50 classes of high school students at random every year, then kidnaps the whole class and places them all on an isolated island with no chance of escape. The students are given one weapon each, then -- under the threat of death -- forced to kill each other until only one student remains alive. This once controversial (but now regularly recurring) military experiment has gone on since 1947 and is known only as "The Program." Out of the latest such class to "volunteer" for The Program, aspiring rock musician and orphaned teenager Shuya Nanahara has no desire to play the sick game -- and every intention of escaping with his life.
3rd Dec '17 4:37:59 AM Gemser
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* DesertedIsland: The game takes place on a small and evacuated island where only the remains of civilization are found. Its circumference is about 10 km.



** SixthRangerTraitor - Yuko Sakaki

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** SixthRangerTraitor [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor - Yuko SakakiSakaki]]



* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[TagLine Could you kill your best friend?]]

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* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[TagLine Could ''"Could you kill your best friend?]]friend?"'' is the TagLine of the movie. Although Kiriyama and [[spoiler:Mitsuko]] accumulate the highest body count, there are many instances where best friends kill each other like [[spoiler:the lighthouse girls]] and [[spoiler:Mizuho/Kaori]].



* PrisonersDilemma: A major theme all around. While most of them want to cooperate and find a way to survive together, they know that in the minute the game has started they can't trust anyone anymore because anybody could be playing the game for winning and betray everyone (and Kiriyama and [[spoiler:Mitsuko]] absolutely do).



* VillainsNeverLie: Kamon boasts that he raped and murdered the head of Shuuya's orphanage, Ms. Ryoko to demoralize him. [[spoiler: In the final chapter, Shuya, spying on the orphanage, sees her alive and well. Kamon, apparently, was just being a {{Troll}}]]
* TheVoice: An extremely interesting case that makes a sub-plot stretching across both films more effective. In the first film, we don't see Shiori Kitano, the teacher's daughter, we only hear her voice on the phone. In the second film, she's a main character. What adds more to this is that Kitano (senior) sees Noriko as his surrogate daughter as Shiori hates him. Noriko and Shiori are played by real life sisters, Aki and Ai Maeda (respectively).



* AWinnerIsYou: A rare example outside of video games. The winner will get nothing in the film and nothing besides a small life-long pension and the the [[UndesirablePrize dictator's autograph]] in the novel.
** Shogo was the winner of the last (third to last in the film) year's program. It doesn't protect him fro being part of the program again.
** Mai is the winner of last year's program (in the film) but doesn't receive anything. She [[spoiler:joins Shuya's resistance]] in ''Requiem'':
** The winner of this year's program [[spoiler:is technically Shogo after faking the deaths of Shuya and Noriko but he dies on the boat shortly after the BigBad dies. Shuya and Noriko are legally dead now and have to go underground. They are back for ''Requiem''.]]



* VillainsNeverLie: Kamon boasts that he raped and murdered the head of Shuuya's orphanage, Ms. Ryoko to demoralize him. [[spoiler: In the final chapter, Shuya, spying on the orphanage, sees her alive and well. Kamon, apparently, was just being a {{Troll}}]]
* TheVoice: An extremely interesting case that makes a sub-plot stretching across both films more effective. In the first film, we don't see Shiori Kitano, the teacher's daughter, we only hear her voice on the phone. In the second film, she's a main character. What adds more to this is that Kitano (senior) sees Noriko as his surrogate daughter as Shiori hates him. Noriko and Shiori are played by real life sisters, Aki and Ai Maeda (respectively).
26th Nov '17 9:55:19 AM Gemser
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* BornLucky: Kazuo Kiriyama. Despite starting out with a paper fan in the movie, he ends up amassing the highest bodycount out of the whole class - with twelve - mostly by stealing the weapons of those he meets, including hand grenades, a bulletproof vest, a sword and his weapon of choice: his uzi/submachine gun. Of course, his luck runs out once his collar takes a bullet but, all that aside, the students he meets gives him a vast equipment advantage.
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