I remember waiting for Battle Royale 2 to come out back in 2003 and it was the most frustrating and excruciating thing ever. After my first viewing of the original Battle Royale it was already my favorite movie, so of course I was expecting quite a lot, whether I wanted to or not, of the sequel of such a masterpiece. My initial reaction to Battle Royale 2: Requiem was that the beginning was mindblowing, I really liked the Saving Private Ryan-esque scene where they are approaching the island and attacked as soon (well before actually) they get off the boats. And the new rules of the game were refreshing as well, since I think it would be stupid to just do the same all over again. This time around if Boy #11 dies, so does his partner, Girl #11. And the collar that they have on, will explode not only if they are in a danger zone, but also if two partners are more than 50 feet away from each other. But then something happened… the movie turned into a regular borefest, which left me with an empty feeling inside, as I slowly began realizing that this was not a movie I’d be watching from time to time, which I still do to this date with the original Battle Royale. BUT, that was the 133-minute “Requiem” cut of the movie that was released back in 2003.
A new version of the movie called “Revenge” has been released and THANK GOD for that! Over 20 minutes of new footage has been added making it clock in at more than 2 and half hours, but it was just what the movie needed. One of the things the original release Requiem was lacking was character development, which there is more time for in the new cut. I must admit that it’s been a long time since I watched Requiem so I’m not entirely sure exactly which scenes are the new ones, although I did see some, but honestly I don’t really care, as long as it made the movie feel more coherent and all around better.
3 years have passed since the original Battle Royale Survival Program, and survivors Shuya Nanahara and Noriko have formed a terrorist faction known as the “Wild Seven” A bombing occurs in Tokyo on Christmas Day, which kills over 8000 people, and leave millions homeless. “Wild Seven” are giving the blame.
After the incident, Shuya Nanahara sends a video via Internet to all world leaders….”We declare War on all Grown Ups” The Japanese government, once again, become desperate, and create ‘The Millenium Anti-Terrorism Survival Programme’ better known as BR2.
On a bus journey towards a Ski vacation, a random school class of low lifer’s are gassed and taken to a military base, and are told the rules for the “next game” Finding out the hard way, the class realise they all have a partner, a boy and a girl with the same class number, and if there partner dies, there necklaces around there necks will also detonate. Most of the class are scared and confussed, all except Shiori Kitano, daughter of the teacher involved in the BR three years ago. She signed up by herself, no for bloodlust, but for revenge, revenge on her father’s death, the detah in which Nanahara was responsible.
After graphic persuasion from there ring leader, all but 2 of the class are geared up and are taken to the island where “Wild Seven” are based. The time limit is 3 days, the target is Shuya Nanahara, let the game’s begin….
This release was supposed to be released back in August last year, but has been postponed several times. Lucky for me, I just found out about this release a few months ago, so the waiting hasn’t been that bad. Some people think that it might be because of the act of terrorism in the movie. I’m inclined to agree with that, because the destruction of the two towers (that resembles the twin towers quite a lot) may not be new footage and Battle Royale 2 HAS been release before (and now I could kick myself for owning two copies of both movies), but as seen in the trailer below these words are spoken: “This is september 11″. Which is a pretty bold movie in my opinion.
And just like my tin DVD of Battle Royale this one is packed with awesome subbed (!) extras. I’m a sucker for behind-the-scenes material, so this is definitely a big plus and worth spending some extra money on.
I’m not sure, but I think the sister side-story involving sexy sniper Natsuki Kato (pic) and a student in the BR2 program is new. I don’t remember it at least, but if were to name one character, which I’d like to hear more about it would be her. I mean a gorgeous girl sniper, who kicks ass, c’mon that’s awesome. She’s the Mitsuko (from Battle Royale) of BR2.
“Champion of the most recent Battle Royale program, Saki is the sniper of the group, thanks to her trusty Dragunov rifle. She is the sister of Haruya Sakurai, who turns out to be one of the students forced into BRII.”
Battle Royale and Battle Royale2 are the best movies EVER!!