1:The identities of Shuya Nanahara & Noriko Nakagawa in Battle Royale Game I & II.

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<<Battle Royale Game I & II>> are the movie that about people who would do everything to attack each other for survive. <<Battle Royale Game I>> is a classic but the <<Battle Royale Game II>> always got the bad rating as the characters die so quickly that made the story plot speed too fast and not follow the original comic. However, i don’t believe the <<Battle Royale Game II>> is a awful movie. If without Battle Royale Game II ,the <<Battle Royale Game>> plot will not be a complete story.

The <<Battle Royale Game I>> is about a moment of new century begin , the country faced a collapse, the unemployment rate continued to rise as high as 15%. The entire society was in turmoil, the society was out of control, the campus violence was violent, and more than a thousand teachers died. Confused adults, fearful of youngsters getting out of control, decided to join hands with the government to suppress the riots and pass the “education reform in the new century” bill, “Battle Royale.” This time, 42 students from a certain secondary school were strongly oppressed by the military junta to participate in this three-day “escapade.” They were given food and strange weapons, and they were to kill each other and only allow one person to survive. During the war there was also a heavy military guard and absolutely not allowed to flee! And a group of innocent secondary school students on deserted islands started an unprecedented brutal killing game.

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Shuya Nanahara is a orphan who lose his mother early. His father can not stand the pressure of unemployment while hanging himself the suicide at home when the secondary school ceremony began. After his father dead, he met his best friend Koki Kunihiro at the orphanage. They are also a student of Class 3B in same secondary school. He likes Noriko Nakagawa but never tell any one as his best friend Koki Kunihiro has a secret crush on Noriko Nakagawa. All Class 3B students became a mandatory participant of the program of BR Law when they were on the secondary school graduation trip. Including Shuya Nanahara.

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Noriko Nakagawa is a weak girl that same class girls like to bully her. She is a classmate of Shuya Nanahara and Koki Kunihiro. Noriko Nakagawa is a kindness and pure girl who do respect people even a teacher Mr. Kitano who all her classmates hate. She has a secret crush on Shuya Nanahara. Noriko Nakagawa join the BR Law’s Program reluctantly.

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Shuya Nanahara and Noriko Nakagawa are the teenages. Shuya Nanahara don’t trust people especially “the adult”. As “the adult” puted them into a desert island and set the rule to let them kill each other for survive. The BR Law’s Program protection of “the adult” personal interests.Prevent the country from collapsing, reduce the unemployed population and reduce the chances of juvenile delinquency affecting the society. Last they escaped from the desert island successfully. However, the government recognized Shuya Nanahara and Noriko Nakagawa as the dangerous elements for the social system and list them to the wanted .


The story plot of the <<Battle Royale Game I>> is describing the reality issue of Japan social culture. In the scene of Shuya Nanahara father’s death, the reasons for the increase in suicide rates in Japanese society were reflected. Most of the Japanese who committed suicide were men aged 20-44. Factors contributing to suicide include unemployment, depression and social stress.Historically, Japan has been a male-dominated society with strong family ties and social expectations. Japanese society is “tolerant” about suicide and suicide is morally regarded as a responsible act. This cultural tolerance may stem from the historical impact of military suicide.In feudal Japan, the glorious death of a warrior is seen as a legitimate response to a failed or inevitable failure of the war. The purpose of this is to release the spirit of the warrior to the enemy so as to avoid being brutalized in the hands of the enemy. But adult suicides are irresponsible to a growing child and it will affect child life by the brutal reality.

"Children are a reflection of society's mirror"

Juvenile delinquency reflects the problems of adults and social issues. Affected by the social turmoil, children only emphasize “Individual rights” and “authority” while neglect their responsibilities and public morals.

In 1999, those who do not have a criminal record suddenly make all kinds of serious criminal cases. 45.5% of teenage first-time offenders.Remember “Kobe child Sakakibara Seito murder”,an extremely brutal serial murder of children occurred in Japan since 1997. At that time, the murderer was only a 14-year-old boy who killed one 11-year-old boy and one 10-year-old girl and injured three others.This incident led to the Japanese Diet, the minimum age of criminal responsibility reduced from 16 years old to 14 years old.

The creator set the character as the 15 years old teenage based on the age-limitation of criminal responsibility under Japanese law.


br2w01.jpg The <<Battle Royale Game II>> is kinda different than the <<Battle Royale Game I>>. It is about the last two BR Law program survivors Shuya Nanahara and Noriko Nakagawa escaped from the desert island. Shuya Nanahara extremely resentment as the evil BR Law Program continues to be implemented. He escaped with Noriko Nakagawa from Japan to Afghanistan which is a country that always in a fierce war. He was learning the skills of field combat survival in Afghanistan. In a fortuitous opportunity, Shuya Nanahara met Naoki Mimura, a terrorist who planned a number of Japanese bombings. And other previous survivors of “BR Law’s Program” who lost their loved ones because of the brutal killing game. Shuya Nanahara secretly formed Wild Seven, an anti-BR legal terrorist organization, desperate to exterminate evil BR Law and government confrontation with other previous survivors of “BR Law’s Program”.The “Wild Seven” is a Shuya Nanahara s nickname of his past baseball team. The military regards the “Wild Seven” as a terrorist organization. When the military government received the news about the “Wild Seven”, immediately dispatched large-scale military aircraft and warships to encircle the “Wild Seven” on the battleship island. Revision of BR Law’s Program, launched BRII. Arrange a new “Battle Royale Game” program to fight them. This time selected is a poor school “Deer’s Walled Secondary School” Class 3B’s 42 students. They were selected during Christmas skiing trips and was forced to board six self-propelled speedboats heading towards the killing battlefield on the island of Battleship.The goal of the game is “Shuya Nanahara and other organized members─ ─ kill without pardon!”. BR II’s rules of the game was changed. The task is to desert island base within three days, quickly annihilated Shuya Nanahara and the members of a terrorist organization – the “Wild Seven”. They added a very cruel rules: a male and a female students were divided into a group. The electronic monitoring neckband will be self-explosion as long as one of the group was killed or two people more than 50 meters away. In the <<Battle Royale Game II>>, Shuya Nanahara and Noriko Nakagawa both are the rebels of the BR Law Program as they are the survivors of the BR Law Program. The government treats them as dangerous and wants them after they escaped from the BR Law Program. Shuya Nanahara became a leader of the “Wild Seven”. An anti-BR legal terrorist organization’s founder. He is a guerrilla specialist and a bomb expert as he got the professional training in Afghanistan. The character of Noriko Nakagawa not showing too much in the  <<Battle Royale Game II>> as the character pretend to be a mystery to lead audience. It’s a key of the whole movie. 螢幕快照 2018-01-12 上午11.26.10.png 螢幕快照 2018-01-12 下午12.33.05.png Noriko Nakagawa pretended to be a sacred since the teacher in <<Battle Royale Game I>> who regarded her as redeemer. When the teacher got pressure from school and family, Noriko Nakagawa always respect him.   The << Battle Royale Game II >> ‘s storyline surely symbolizes the circumstances of Middle East countries. We can find it from the character’s act, emotional, visual language, the scenes and the costumes. 螢幕快照 2018-01-05 下午7.48.08 螢幕快照 2018-01-11 下午8.38.49.png Those scenes are about “9.11 attacks”. World Trade Center collapsed as the hijackers deliberately used two of the aircraft to hit the building separately in 2001. Much of the venom in the press, at any rate, is directed at the Al-Qaeda. 螢幕快照 2018-01-12 上午9.48.29.png 螢幕快照 2018-01-12 上午10.24.50.png In this movie Shuya Nanahara dressed like the Al-Qaeda leader Usāmah bin Muḥammad bin Awaḍ bin Lādin. The long white clothes, the equipment, the shawl even the weapon. Shuya Nanahara holds the AK-47 Aftermath in the <<Battle Royale Game II>>Muḥammad bin Lādin used AKS-74U as a self-defense weapon.

(The AKS-74U is also a stand-alone variant of the AK74 that also emits a 5.45 × 39 mm (M74) bullet.)

螢幕快照 2018-01-12 上午9.29.09.png 螢幕快照 2018-01-12 上午11.08.22 When Shuya Nanahara gave his AK-47 to a child is simply describing war affects children’s growth. “The adults” mean people who got the role to start the war in the name of “justice”.


“The movie is not just for entertainment, it’s about a special conversation to us.”


Film is one of the self-examination way. We engage in the “in-depth conversation” and through movie clips, soundtracks, story lines and performers.Via the characters’ emotional performance tell us how horrible of the War and the reality.We cannot indifferent to the reality as it’s still happening around us. Isn’t it?

References:

Shuya Nanahara (Film). (n.d.). Retrieved from
http://battleroyale.wikia.com/wiki/Shuya_Nanahara_(Film)

Battle Royale II: Requiem Film Review – Daily Variety Vol. 281 Issue 21, p18. Elley,Derek (11/3/2003) Retrieved from
http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=2&sid=435e1ac5-bbca-48f2-b0ba-a7de9fcf129c%40sessionmgr4006

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1 thought on “1:The identities of Shuya Nanahara & Noriko Nakagawa in Battle Royale Game I & II.”

  1. Yes there are some differences between theBattle Royale I and II, Battle Royale I more likely to lending the audiences into the individual role for every characters in the movie, but Battle Royale II are showing as the teamwork for every characters which fighting for the force form the government at first. However actually it is also showing the independent reflection for the characters while they are facing this situation. It is more near will the aim to showing the human nature- what will you do when you’re in this position? Choosing to save our own self or as the team work?

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