Linda Linda Linda

  • Directors: Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Negishi, Yuji Sadai
  • Writers: Wakako Miyashita, Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Bae Doona, Aki Maeda, Yu Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Linda Linda Linda tells the story of a group of (eventually) four high school girls who decide to put together a band for Hiiragi-sai, their school cultural festival. Three days before they are to play the festival, the guitarist and singer quit the band. The remaining members, Kei Tachibana (立花恵, Tachibana Kei?), Kyoko Yamada (山田 響子, Yamada Kyōko?), and Nozomi Shirakawa (白河望, Shirakawa Nozomi?) must figure out what to do or risk cancelling. They decide to perform covers of The Blue Hearts songs, but all agree that they need to find a new member to be the singer. They ask the first girl that walks by – Son (ソン?), a Korean foreign exchange student. Son is not fluent in Japanese, and this leads to some difficulties and misunderstandings, but through sharing in the ins and outs of high school life, they are able to understand one another. The first day ends with all the girls working their hardest to begin to learn their parts, the most notable scenes here being Son trying to enter a karaoke parlor, and Kyoko talking with her crush, Kazuya Oe (大江一也, ÅŒe Kazuya?).

On the next day, they begin practicing early at school where Kei struggles to play the guitar. As school begins, they all break off to do their own thing, Kyoko is seen selling crepes alongside Oe. By mid afternoon, it’s time for the girls to regroup back at the music club room, but Kyoko ends up coming late and they miss their time slot. From there, Kei calls her ex-boyfriend and manages to get her group over to “Studio Q” to practice. They leave late at night to return to school, and continue practicing through the rest of the night.

On the final day, the band gets awakened by a group who began to take out instruments to set them up on stage. The band decides to head back to Studio Q and continue practicing. However, out of exhaustion they fall asleep and Kei dreams about being celebrated and performing for The Ramones at the Budokan. All this while, the stage managers begin to search for Kei’s band, but to no avail. To pass the time, the band’s friends Takako and Moe have impromptu performances. Kei only wakes up to the sound of Kyoko’s cell phone when Oe calls to ask where Kyoko is. The band then rushes back to school in a taxi where Oe and Kyoko finally meet while everyone else sets up with only ten minutes left. When Kyoko finally comes in, the band performs two of the three songs they had planned: “Rinda Rinda” (Linda Linda), and Owaranai Uta to an excited and pumped up crowd.

Batoru rowaiaru

  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku
  • Producers: Kenta Fukasaku, Kimio Kataoka, Chie Kobayashi, Toshio Nabeshima
  • Writers: Novel, Koushun Takami, Screenplay, Kenta Fukasaku
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Sport, Thriller
  • Actors: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Masanobu Ando

The plot of the film is fairly faithful to that of the novel, with a few key differences. The prologue is as follows:

The film concentrates on Shuya Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara), a charismatic young boy living in Kanagawa Prefecture. After his mother abandons him and his father commits suicide, he becomes disillusioned with life. The rest of his classmates are similarly disillusioned, and have little respect for authority. Shuya’s best friend, Yoshitoki “Nobu” Kuninobu (Yukihiro Kotani), attacks their teacher Kitano (Takeshi Kitano), but runs away before he can be identified. Noriko Nakagawa (Aki Maeda), a sweet, reserved young girl who happens to witness the incident, hides the knife that Nobu has just attacked Kitano with. Kitano, frustrated, resigns.

The next year, as the students are nearing the end of their compulsory education, they embark on a class trip. On the bus the entire class is gassed, kidnapped, taken to an isolated island, and fitted with electronic collars. Once there, the students are shocked to find that they are inside an abandoned school, and that Kitano (along with the government) is behind the entire operation. Kitano informs them that they have been selected as participants in Battle Royale, a game created by the Millennial Educational Reform Act (better known as the Battle Royale Act) where the students must kill each other until only one is left. One class from the country per year is selected to participate in the program. If after three days a winner is not declared, the explosive collars attached to each student’s neck will be detonated. The collars also prevent the students entering certain areas of the field of participation, the “danger zones,” with the intention of forcing the students to encounter one another. (These instructions are delivered by a cute, smiling girl via a video, who behaves like a kindergarten teacher and refers to herself as their “big sister”.) After killing a student, Fumiyo Fujiyoshi, for whispering, Kitano also detonates Nobu’s collar, killing him. One by one, each student leaves the school, having been provided with survival packs and a random weapon or other non-deadly device.

Differences between the original book include (though are not limited to):