Classic movie Battle Royale (Fight to the death) directed by director Fukasaku Kinji marks a milestone for the survival film genre. Since its release, the term “battle royale” has been redefined to refer to a genre of film-inspired fictional narrative/entertainment where a group of people are asked to kill each other until only one winner remains. The film has inspired a series of movies, books, animations, comics, novels… and kicked off the survival game genre.
Battle Royale’s predecessor is a novel of the same name written by writer Takami Koushun in 1997. Due to the violent and sensitive details, the novel was withheld until 1999 to be published, and then adapted. manga and live action in 2000.
Poster of the movie Battle Royale – The battle to the death.
The content of the film is about a group of 7B students who are chosen to become murderers on a deserted island. Under the direction of the teacher, who seems to be a different person here, all 42 teenagers must fight by killing their own classmates until only one remains. Each student will be equipped with different weapons and wear a non-removable bracelet; If anyone tries to run away or doesn’t cooperate, the ring will explode, killing the victim instantly. This is a film with horror, horror elements with violent, murderous images that are quite scary and may not be suitable for minors.
However, despite facing fierce opposition from a part of the audience, causing fierce controversy and even being banned from distribution in some countries, this blockbuster still achieved extremely high sales. at that time, became the premise and inspiration to create many versions of online video games worth billions of dollars. It’s been 21 years since its launch so far, Battle Royale is still highly appreciated in terms of content, acting and effects.
Today, let’s compare the image of the characters in the manga to compare with the movie version. Looking at these images you can understand why the live action version is so successful and popular.
In terms of appearance, the two versions are quite similar, when actor Fujiwara Tatsuya is 1m78 tall, which is very suitable for his character. Besides, tIn the original, the character’s personality is quite lively, good at sports and things, has a crush on many female classmates and has a dream of becoming a star. But in the movie version, it can be seen that Shuuya is physically quite good in a scene playing basketball. But in terms of personality, it is quieter than the original.
Both her appearance and personality are quite close to the original, a petite girl with short hair and a gentle personality. But in the movie version, Noriko is known to be a student being bullied by other girls, while the original is not. Also, there is no special relationship with the moderator in the original.
In the original, Kazuo was originally a student of class 3-B before, but the movie made Kazuo a new student to join the game. As for the appearance of this character when filming, it has caused a lot of controversy.
The live action version of this character received a lot of praise both for his appearance and acting talent. However, in the original, the character Mitsuko is portrayed as a character who suffers a lot of pain and hurt caused by men. But when filming, some sensitive details were removed due to censorship issues.
The design of the character Sugimura Hiroki is considered to be quite close to the original, but a few details in the film have been changed. Hiroki in the original is a martial arts prodigy who saved Shuuya from being attacked by Kazuo. But in the movie, there is no such detail.
Hirono in the original has a more tomboyish appearance than in the movie. About Hirono’s part number in the live action was changed when In the original, she fell into a well and died, but in the movie, she was killed by Mitsuko.
This is considered the most successful character in the movie. But Yoshitoki in the original is not the rebellious type to attack the teacher like in the movie. Here Yoshitoki was shot and killed by the game manager for his uncooperative attitude, the film version also had an uncooperative attitude, but died because the necklace he was wearing exploded.
If the teacher in the original is a strange teacher with a dirty face, in the movie is the old teacher who taught class 3-B named Kitano, and also the teacher who was attacked by Yoshitoki. Many people think that Kitano has something more benevolent than the original, as he just wanted Noriko to be the sole survivor, as well as not being cruel enough to have to rape Shuuya and Yoshitoki’s guardians in order to save him. force two people to join the game.
Looking at the images above, you can see how the live action version of the characters is compared to the original. Let us know what you think so we can discuss!