Battle Royale

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Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale)

Lacanian Psychoanalysis offers and account of the development of a subject. It deals with the believing that all subjectivity is based on loss, absence and failure. And under Lacan’s Theory, Mirror Stage, which is the misidentification of the self as unified through viewing its reflection, arises. The subject distinguishes and entries into a sense of an arbitrary division from others and an illusory wholeness of self which the symbolic order constitutes. Generally, the subject’s recognition of himself and as the “other” accounts from his past which is from infancy until he grows up. The movie is a one and a half in length and colored; its story is about forty two students whom where tricked and was told to be on an educational trip but in reality, were abducted as the new participants in Battle Royale. Battle Royale Act is an approved act of the Japanese government where one class is randomly selected and the students are sent to an island with supplies, a weapon and a necklace, that will be trigger to explode when the wearer doesn’t follow the rules. After three days, they have to kill each other and the survivor wins his or her own life as a prize. The movie focused on how the students cope with the said trapped situation. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mistuko, while others like the heroes of the movie―Nanahara, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. The narrative itself is very powerful and captivating as it is highly controversial. Moreover, the characters, which are the students, are portrayed in a disturbing role―killers. Three fourths of the film is highlighted with scenes that are gruesome and full of gore. It has a linear sequencing with few flashbacks; the insertions of flashbacks are greatly timed and efficient to provide back-up story about the characters. Also, the acting and the characterization of each actor are very effective...
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