After searching it everywhere and couldn’t find it…I finally got it from my student.
Okay here’s the story (pretending I have never read the book): The nation is collapsing, parents lose their jobs and teenagers become uncontrollable. The government tried to control teenager by putting them into a program called Battle Royale. The teacher who felt disappointed with the students becomes the one who teach them during the Program. The Class B of Shiroiwa Junior High had boycotted their teacher named Kitano. On the way to their school trip, this class was brought to an island and suddenly their old teacher, Kitano, shows up and tells them what to do during the program.
The rules are very simple, within 3 days they have to kill their classmate and become the only survivor. The remaining survivor will go back home to their parents. They are given a back with different kind of weapon. Some are up for the game while others teamed up and don’t want to play.
I’m pretty sure that if I watched the movie before reading the book, I would end up asking “What does the movie trying to tell us??” and “Why does the government made that kinda game? What was the purpose?” is it to punish bad students? And what’s with the 2 new students?
For me, the movie is simply nothing but entertainment…the kind of movie that excites people who like to watch blood and murder. But it is totally pointless…I’m forever grateful that I’ve read it before watching it.
Basically the whole storyline is similar with the book but they changed few things which I think are the crucial parts to make everything clear and understandable.
Here are the changes that make the movie less interesting
1. In the movie the nation is collapsing, in the book the nation is wealthy but bound under the great dictator
2. The government made the game to punish the students (movie), the great dictator made it for a wider purpose (book).
3. In the movie, Kiriyama and Sawada are transferred students, but their 1st day of school is in the game…WHAT?? How could that possibly happen?? Transferred just for the game?? Jeez what a lame story. In the book, they are also transferred students but they’re already spent at least a year in that school.
4. The instructor is their old teacher and seems to have more power than the army (movie), how could that be? In the book, the instructor is also an army with higher ranking than the others in that Island.
In short, I have to say the book is WAY BETTER than the movie, it has purpose, clarity, and strong characters. Although I gave 5 stars for the book (which mean it was amazing) but I only give 2 stars for the movie (which mean it was okay)