Runtime: 113 minutes
Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Takeshi Kitano
Note: This film is available on Netflix at the time of this review.
On watching this, one major thought came to mind, The Hunger games had to have been at the very least inspired by this. There a lot of similarities. Seriously.
I also discovered that the film is based on a book! I so want to read that. If there isn’t an English version then I’m going to have to learn Japanese. I’m betting it’s a much darker, brutal read than The Hunger games.
This is a Japanese film, (who are, let’s face, masters of horror and all things violently bloody), so that means you’re going to have to read subtitles unless you understand Japanese, (in which case I’m super jealous!)
I liked this film, but felt as if they decided they wanted to make a film where teenagers basically killed each other. There wasn’t a deeper plot than that. At least, if there was, it was never shared with me.
It’s entertaining enough, but has hardly any tension and I don’t worry for any of the students because it’s over before I get chance to.
There’s a big cast, which I love learning all the little stories, but it isn’t weaved together well. It sort jumps from one to the next. They did do a good job of making feel sorry for them all, even the ones I hated. Except one, you’ll know who.
The ending, which was a little anti-climatic, doesn’t match with beginning. Unless I completely missed something.
I never feel worried for our main characters either and don’t feel as if they have to make any hard choices.
The glimmer of possibility is there, but never fully realized.
To sum up, Entertaining, Half finished plot, Anti-climatic ending
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes, it’s one of those kind of films you have on in the background
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