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Battle Royale Podcast

Battle Royale Podcast

By Battle Royale Podcast

Elwood and Stephen (Asian Cinema Film Club) look at Kinji Fukasaku's cult classic "Battle Royale" one DVD Chapter at a time while also comparing it to the Manga and source novel.
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#22 - True Friends / Looking Back
#22 - True Friends / Looking Back
Our chapter by chapter breakdown of "Battle Royale" comes to a close as  Kawada, Noriko and Shuya have a final confrontation to Kitano aswell as  being subjected to some questionable art work.
52:34
February 05, 2022
#21 - Operation Complete
#21 - Operation Complete
The Chapter by Chapter breakdown of "Battle Royale" now sees our group  narrowed down to it's final three members but could Kawada just have  been waiting for a chance to betray them?
28:31
January 18, 2022
#20 - The Explosion
#20 - The Explosion
The Chapter by Chapter breakdown of "Battle Royale" returns as we pick  up the action right were we left off as the Third Man's plan to disrupt  the game reaches an explosive climax while Kiriyama and Kawada finally  meet in a decisive showdown.
23:52
January 18, 2022
#18 - Die
#18 - Die
Certainly  to unpack in this latest episode of our Chapter by Chapter breakdown of  "Battle Royale" as Shuya is finally reunited with Noriko while we bid  farewell to Hiroki and Mitsuko but not before we get a chance to explore  her "Broken Doll" persona. All  this plus more intresting acting choices from Beat Takashi Kitano,  questionable fan wiki's and the heroes journey of Shuya plus more!
39:25
January 18, 2022
#19 - The Third Man
#19 - The Third Man
With the numbers quickly dwindling down to just seven remaining  students, the time has finally come for our resident hacker to finally  unveil his masterplan.
31:24
January 18, 2022
#17 - A Dream
#17 - A Dream
Our Chapter by Chapter breakdown of "Battle Royale" comes to one of it's more surreal sequences....literarly! Taking a break from the ongoing deathmatch Noriko has a dream about going for an ice lolly with Takashi. But what does this all mean?? We also look at the extensive career of "Beat" Takashi Kitano and the legacy of Takashi's Castle, more British TV nostalgia and more!!
26:39
August 11, 2021
#16 - Poison
#16 - Poison
Emily (Why This Film / Through Dangers Untold ) joins us to breakdown another chapter with a plot to poison Shuya is hatched while we also take a closer look at one of the more unique  groups to form during the game.
01:08:12
August 11, 2021
#15 - The Lighthouse
#15 - The Lighthouse
Continuing our chapter by chapter breakdown of the cult classic "Battle Royale" we pick up the story with Shuya having escaped from Kiriyama at the end of the last episode he now finds himself at the Lighthouse were several of the girls have found thier own sanctuary, but will his arrival disrupt their harmony? We also rundown the latest list of the fallen and explore their backstories not shown in the film.
30:03
June 26, 2021
#14 - Join Me
#14 - Join Me
Picking up from the cliffhanger ending of our previous chapter our trio find thier clinic hideaway under attack from the ever resourceful Kiriyama, we bid farewell to Froggy while we also look at the background of Shinji a.k.a. The Third Man.
28:27
June 01, 2021
#13 - A Confession
#13 - A Confession
Continuing our chapter by chapter breakdown of Battle Royale on this episode we discover the history of Kawada (but bizarely not what causes his scar), reveal the scene that Stephen wishes was included in the film aswell as profile two of the supporting cast with suprising back stories.
36:03
May 15, 2021
#12 - Stay With Me
#12 - Stay With Me
Emily Slade (Why This film)  joins us to discuss one the of the films more iconic character as we  look at Takako Chigusa aswell as one of the films most memorable  showdowns.
01:39:09
April 27, 2021
#11 - The Clinic
#11 - The Clinic
The  Battle Royale breakdown continues as we meet another key group in star  basketball player, revolutionist and hacker Shinki Mimura aka The Third  Man, question the many professions of Kawada's father while also taking a  look at the collars as we question if anyone is actually listening to  the microphones in the collars?
37:05
March 29, 2021
#10 - Second Report
#10 - Second Report
As we near the half way point of our chapter by chapter breakdown it's time for another of Kitano's reports, while we also look at the dining options available to our players, Mitsuko's showdown with the last member of her gang, questionable fan wiki's and more!!
29:27
March 17, 2021
#9 - A Cry For Help
#9 - A Cry For Help
The chapter by chapter breakdown of Battle Royale continues as a new  alliance is formed, a questionable plan is put into action and we  question what really is the most useless weapon to have on the island  plus much more!!
46:04
February 19, 2021
8 - First Report
8 - First Report
Our chapter by chapter breakdown of Battle Royale comes to one of it's shortest chapters aswell as a chance to catch up with who we have lost so far in the game.  It's also a chance for us to look at the backstory of Mitsuko not only an alpha predator in the game, but one of the two gang leaders in the class amassing an impressive wrap sheet before she entered the game which we explore aswell as tracing the events which turned her into the shark like predator she is in the game.
27:11
January 26, 2021
#7 - Comparing Weapons
#7 - Comparing Weapons
Our chapter by chapter breakdown of "Battle Royale" arrives at one of its most eventful chapters as alpha predators are revealed and loyalties are tested. We also find out what the use of the fan is while also trying to decide what is actually a good weapon to get in the game plus more!!
45:08
January 07, 2021
#6 - Memories
#6 - Memories
The games are finally afoot as our class enter the game for real but who will be the first to fall? We find out as our chapter by chapter analysis of Battle Royale continues. 
32:50
November 26, 2020
#5 - Life's A Game
#5 - Life's A Game
Nick Rehak (French Toast Sunday) joins us as we continue our breakdown of Battle Royale one DVD chapter at a time.   On this episode it's time for the bags to be handed out, while we question the purpose of the games aswell as how the game could be played outside of the island.
52:27
November 03, 2020
#4 - The Necklace
#4 - The Necklace
Our Chapter by Chapter breakdown of cult favourite "Battle Royale" continues with a look at the must have fashion acessory for any Battle Royale participent as on this episode we are joined by Kim (Tranquil Dreams / Movies and Tea) to breakdown the chapter as the class find out the rules and we bid farewell to two of the class. Apoligies for the audio issues in part of the this episode due to our recording being insane.
36:35
October 15, 2020
#3 - Today's Lesson Is
#3 - Today's Lesson Is
Our Chapter by Chapter breakdown of Battle Royale this time sees our ill fated class waking up on the island as they are reunited with Kitano and introduced to two new members of thier class Shogo Kawada and Kazuo Kiriyama. On this episode we explore the backstory of these two students aswell as how they differ from how they were potrayed in the novel and manga. We also look alittle deeper at Kitano and question his own motivation for joining the BR program and the possible hand he had in the class being chosen.
38:36
September 09, 2020
#2 - On The Bus
#2 - On The Bus
Continuing our chapter by chapter analysis of Battle Royale as on this episode we look at the ill fated school trip which will soon land the class on the island. We discuss the characters of Noriko and how she might actually be the only innocent in the game aswell as Shuya's best friend and human grenade nobu let alone a batch of all important cookies and further comparisions to the manga and novel plus much more!!
47:06
July 31, 2020
#1 - The BR Act
#1 - The BR Act
Elwood and Stephen of the Asian Cinema Film Club start thier chapter by chapter analysis of the cult classic "Battle Royale" not only looking at the film and the impact it had on Asian cinema ushering in alongside Audition and The Ring a revived intrest in Asian Cinema, but also comparing the film to the original novel and manga adaptation as they set out on the mother of all deep dives.  On this episode we look at Shuya Nanahara, the Battle Royale act and the youth uprising it was designed to squash plus much more!
49:41
July 20, 2020