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battle royale | drama

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sometimes the general “asian” dramatization and character reactions was a bit too much for me (i say asian because korean movies do it as well. it’s just general overreactions (characters speaking and moving “loudly”) and similar cliches). it’s still a good cultlike movie, not everyone will like it but that is just how some things are.

i think the last scene before the credits summarized the movie very well, the last sentence really does a 1-2-KO

In this moment, what should an adult say to a kid?

you’ve probably already seen it, i hadn’t yet so i thought it would be cool to watch it. BR2 is apparently gonna bring up some 9/11- and american-centrism which is really cool. it’s the whole deal with non-Hollywood movies, to do whatever Hollywood won’t or can’t do and that’s appreciable.

i went out for a walk and realized had more time to melt some of the movie, and therefore i have some more to say on it. it’s a totally OK movie, quality-wise. i said before that it has the over-dramatic acting, which is fine that is just how it is. the acting isn’t great but not bad either, it’s totally fine for this type of movie. it gives it a lot of the low-budget charm that cult-movies usually has. what is more interesting is the theme, which separates it from it’s followers/”successors” (hunger games…).

BR is about kids and adults, that is basically what i can boil it down to in one simple sentence. adults don’t understand kids, and kids don’t understand adults. adults forces kids into becoming adults, by sending them to an island to kill each other until one last man stands.

the teacher asking what an adult should say to a kid is the problem that the movie tries to convey. instead of forcing the kids to become adults to be able to understand each other, why don’t they simply just talk?

we also have the protagonist’s dad who commits suicide, but still tells his son to not give up and that he believes he can make it, a paradox. i can partly agree with the movie, the father simply leaves the son to his own accords to try and survive, just because he believes he can make it does not make it wholly right, and it is partly selfish for him to do so in this case. suicide is a tough subject to discuss. it’s not right to totally blame someone for omitting suicide, but all suicides of course have consequences and i believe they can be discussed.

there’s a flashback of an adult perv about to abuse on of the female students at a young age, with the mother of the student showing a similar trait as the protagonist’s dad. she simply just says “be stronger than your mother” or something similar as that, while allowing the perv to continue. she gives up, but still asks of her daughter to not do the same.

adults are just like kids

let’s talk how hunger games fails in this aspect. what is even the theme there? class difference? i don’t think so. hunger games seems to spend more time trying to create a believable world, explaining every detail and historical fact from this alternate world. it’s filled with systems and lore that nerdy teenagers can dwell into and create fandoms over to share their own stories and whatnot. it doesn’t make it bad compared to BR, it’s just different in that regard. BR doesn’t have to explain a shitton of exposition, it just happens and you accept it for what it is and instead you can focus on what happens and what it all means. BR is better in that regard, and i think it makes it a better story. sure, Hunger Games probably has a “better” and more interesting world or something, i don’t know maybe not. BR’s world becomes more believable in a sense because it is so close to our real world.