Battle Royale is a japanese film in which thew story goes a little something like this: You are a 9th grade student. Unaware to you, the government has passed a law known as the "B.R. Act" which allows them to randomly select one ninth grade class out of all in Japan and force them to compete in the Battle Royale Survival Program. You just happen to be soo lucky as to be chosen for this years Battle Royale. You are Nanahara Shuya. On a class "trip", you all misteriously pass out and are transported to a deserted island. There you are told about the Battle Royale. The objective is simple: kill all of your other classmates, nothing is against the rules. Each student is given a survival bag which include food, water, a compass, a map of the island, and a weapon. And let's not begin to believe they are only giving them guns and blades. Oh no!!! Any thing can be counted as a wepon basicly. Weapons range from UZI's to pot pans. And to top it all off, they are each given fasionable collars which include all of the following nift accessories: pulse moniter, GPS locator, and explosive! So what this does is moniter your pulse and transmit that along with your location on the island to a computerized map that shows where everyone is on the island. If you stay in one place on island too long... BAM! Bye bye throat! OOOOO I almost forgot... there is a time limit... 3 days. If there is no winner, then all of the 'participants' die. This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Unfortunately for all fans of foreign films in the US, it probably wont be releasing officialy in the US for a while because the Japanese company who owns rights to Battle Royale wont sell it to the US because they feer is anything similar to Columbine happens while this is in theatres or released, they would end up being sued for it. But leave it to the US, someone would try to do that. Despite this, there are ways you can go about obtaining it. If you own a Region Free DVD player than http://us.yesasia.com or http://global.yesasia.com (the later being for residents of all countries except for the US and Canada) offers a version that is Region 3 and has subtitles. Suposidly there is a Region 0 version out there, but I have yet to find it. But yes, this film is portrayed so well and the actors all did a supurb job in this. What is your first impression of this film? Think you might give it a try? I recomend you do!