Quentin Tarantino has said that Battle Royale is his favorite film made since he started directing and it is easy to see why. It’s a brilliantly layered work, combining social commentary, the adolescent struggles of high school, and the connection between sexuality and violence all in a movie that is chock-full of gloriously portrayed violence. It’s about a high school class which is randomly chosen to participate in Battle Royale, a contest on an isolated island where they are all given different weapons and only the last one left standing is allowed to live. Once I got past the slightly odd Japanese cultural quirks, the over-the-top melodramatic touches, and suspended my disbelief for a bit for the obvious absurdity of the plot, I was swept away by the movie and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Kill Bill movies (you can watch the entire movie Battle Royale here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUlWfu-IHUQ&feature=related). And now after re-watching Kill Bill Vol. 1 for this class, I immediately recalled this scene with Chiaki Kuriyama ruthlessly killing another classmate.
The scene is very similar to the one we saw with the same actress Chiaki Kuriyama(that time playing GoGo)in class. In both this scene and the scene we saw in Kill Bill, she is obviously annoyed by the sexual advances of an unattractive male and lashes out violently. It’s interesting (and of course very disturbing) that the first substantial stab she makes at him at 3:14 is at his genitals which is obviously a direct response to his implied threat to rape her after he took out his crossbow. However, it’s amusing that this male classmate’s bravado and threat are both just empty gestures, since he obviously is quite surprised and apologetic after he accidently shoots her and cuts her cheek at 2:15. Like her scene in Kill Bill, Chiaki Kuriyama is obviously the dominant one of the two, being a ruthless killer compared to the meek males of both scenes. Both movies turn gender roles upside down and allow females to be just as violent and in most scenes even more violent than men.