Battle Royale

Other mistake: When Sugimura is looking for Kotohiki, he activates his scanner to see if she is nearby. The scanner shows her location, but fails to show either Mitsuko or Kiriyama, who show up quickly after.

Continuity mistake: When Kawada takes the picture with Keiko on it out of his wallet, you can see the picture from behind, because the light is on it. Then, when it is handed to Noriko, the picture is a completely different one. (00:54:20)

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Revealing mistake: Many times throughout the movie, people are shot and they bleed, but their clothes don't have holes from where the bullets hit them. The most noticeable examples are when the teacher is shot at the end, and when the big gun fight between the girls breaks out in the lighthouse.

Continuity mistake: When Kiriyama beheads Oda with Samurai sword, he is alerted to the noise in cottage where Kawaka, Noriko, and Nanahara are hiding. Inside the cottage, the trio see Kiriyama's blood-stained hand smearing the window. Then, Kiriyama hurls Oda's head, grenade in mouth, through the window and into the cottage. Despite Kiriyama's hand being soaked with blood, Oda's head is clean and spotless. (01:03:30)

Allister Cooper, 2011

Plot hole: After Nanahara and Noriko run away from Akamatsu at the school, Niida shows up from behind some bushes opposite the school and inadvertently kills Akamatsu with his crossbow. But Niida is Boy 16, which means he should still be in the school building (he's supposed to come out after Noriko, who's Girl 15). There's no way he has any time to get into those bushes.

Continuity mistake: After Kawada gets his bag, he realizes something and returns to the classroom. Tossing the bag back to the soldier who threw it at him, he points to a bag behind him on the cart and tells Kitano, 'That's my bag.' In the next shot, he is pointing to a bag in front of him.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Audio problem: When Noriko tells Kawada that the food that he cooked was good, we hear him reply that his father was a cook, but if you watch him in the background you can clearly see he is just sitting there, and his mouth is not moving at all.

Factual error: KCN does not causes you to internally bleed, so Yuka Nakagawa wouldn't have spat up blood and died like that in the lighthouse, but would have rather died due to cessation of respiration.

Audio problem: When Chigusa attacks Niida after he shoots her with an arrow in the cheek accidentally, she stabs him in the back, they fall and roll to the floor, and then he tries to escape from her and begins ro run away, but she grabs him and screams "Bastard!!" However her mouth is completely shut.

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Continuity mistake: When Yuka Nakagawa is poisoned, her face lands in the bowl of poisoned spaghetti. A little later as the girls begin shooting each other, her face is now out of the bowl, and on the table instead. There was no movement to suggest that her face fell out of the bowl, as it quite clearly happens between shots (just before the girl jumps ono the table.)

Continuity mistake: In the initiation scene, Kitano kills Fujiyoushi by throwing a knife at her head. The knife penetrates her skull almost in between her eyebrows. Yet when he pulls the knife out, it looks as if the knife actually struck her under the eye or on the cheek. [And although this may have been corrected in some versions, it still exists in some versions and can therefore still be mentioned as a valid mistake.] (00:13:35)

Continuity mistake: In the first shot of Yuka Nakagawa as she covers her mouth after being poisoned with KCN by Yuko Sakaki, there is no blood on her hand as she has only just started to react to it. But in the closeup shot immediately afterwards there is blood already seeping through her fingers.


Continuity mistake: When Shuya Nanahara is being chased by Kazuo Kiriyama, Shuya shoots at Kiriyama twice, hitting Kiriyama in the chest and causing him to be knocked back a little, as he is wearing the bulletproof vest. However, when Kiriyama has Shuya cornered, there is no trace of a bullet hole.

Continuity mistake: After Utsumi dies, her right leg is bent upwards and falls down onto her left leg. When Shuya finds her dead, both of her legs are straight.

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Continuity mistake: When Shuya finds Utsumi dead, the proximity of her head to the girl behind her changes between shots, as does the position of her tie and gun beside her.

Continuity mistake: There is a scene in the movie when one female student ambushes another female student in her shack and the two girls fight. Initially the girl who ambushes is holding a Browning Hi Power pistol however when she drops it on the floor in the struggle it suddenly becomes a 1911 for the rest of the movie. (00:41:39 - 00:43:10)

Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: When Kitano approaches the girl in the forest to give her an umbrella you can see a microphone positioned between them. It looks like they angled the shot so it would be hidden by the actress' body. (01:24:30)

Jack Vaughan

Teacher Kitano: Life is a game. So fight for survival and see if you're worth it.

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Trivia: - emblazoned across the back of the studio during the instructional video - used to be the real website of British Rail, the UK national railway (pre-privatisation).

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Question: In the original novel, it was Shogo (not Shuya) who hacked the system to discover how to disable the collars; at the same time he found out that the class would be doing the Battle Royale and transferred into that class to try and use his knowledge to mess it up. In the film, the person who found out how to disable the collars and the person who found out about the Battle Royale and transferred into it are different people. Does anyone know why this change was made?

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Chosen answer: Kawada hacked the system, learned about the collars, and transferred voluntarily to the class he knew would be participtaing in both versions. The only difference is when he transferred: in the book, it was right after his win, and in the film it was just for the battle. Shuya never hacked anything in either the book or the film. As to why the change was made, I can only assume that, given the shortening of novels involved in film making, it's easier to make Kawada a complete stranger than a loner that the kids recognize.

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