Battle Royale 2 (2003)

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Avg Rating: 3.4 / 5. Voted: 16

No one cared thus far. Do you?

Directed by: Kenta Fukasaku; Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara (Nanahara), Riki Takeuchi (Teacher), Ai Maeda (Shiori), Shugo Oshinari (Takuma), Takeshi Kitano (Kitano)
Country: Japan, Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Japanese, Effed Up Japanese Films
Runtime: 02:12:56
Genres: Gore-Gruesome, Teen

Plot – Spoilers:
Nanahara who survived BR1 is now holed up on an island, from where he coordinates terror attacks on Japan’s adults while wearing some kind of outlaw blanket.

A new BR program is conceived by the state, pitting a bunch of 9th graders against Nanahara’s lot. The prominent ones among the newest gamers include Kitano’s daughter who’s out for revenge, and Takuma, played by some guy who has a thing for crinkling his nose and shouting while being generally ineffective. Similarly, in Part 1 the actor playing Nanahara had plenty of places to hide among the more interesting characters, but here he stands exposed as a massive ……

The opening half hour replicates the first one, but without the weird charm that Takeshi Kitano and the tutorial-video-girl brought. And while Battle Royale 1 had its share of teen/young-adult bait, this one still feels like a clumsy teenybopper version.

The cut featured here is the original theatrical release.

Apologies to any diehard fans – didn’t like it 🙂 except for the exploding-head rugby moment.

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August 27, 2021 12:51 pm

I remember being excited to watch this and thinking ‘Meh!’. Nowhere near as good as the first one

August 28, 2021 6:49 am

BR2 = Counter Strike