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Rising Sun, Divided LandJapanese and South Korean Filmmakers$
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Kate Taylor-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165853

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.001.0001

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Film Analysis

Film Analysis



(p.65) Film Analysis
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes Fukasaku Kinji's film Battle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000). The film is set in Japan in the near future, when fear of out-of-control teenagers resulted in the government creating the “Battle Royale” act. With this act, randomly selected school classes are taken to an island and forced to fight and kill each other until there is only one survivor. The film contains many of the themes that are present in Fukasaku's wider works, and the recent contemporary rise in political awareness and activism directly speaks to many of his film's themes and content, making them relevant again decades after they were first made. Battle Royale is not just an action film; although violence is always present, Fukasaku allows the fears and feelings of the teenagers to be clearly shown to make clear political and social comment.

Keywords:   Fukasaku Kinji, Japanese films, Japanese film directors, filmmakers, Battle Royale, Batoru Rowaiaru

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