Fortnite fan? We’ll show you how Fortnite got its influence from “Battle Royale.”
Battle royale-style games may resonate with the younger crowd, since one could argue that “Fortnite” popularized the term “battle royale” … but in 2000, Japanese film “Battle Royale” was released. In hindsight, the action-thriller film has played an influential role in entertainment.
“Battle Royale” takes place in Japan, following a group of junior high school students that go on a field trip and unexpectedly drugged unconscious in the process. The students wake up on a deserted island, equipped with food & water, plus a random weapon and forced to kill each other. The only way off the island is to be the last man standing. While fighting for their lives … by murdering friends and classmates … another aspect they have to be mindful of is the “danger zones.” These zones are restricted areas — if a student is in one of the zones for longer than allowed, the students end up dying. Sound familiar?
The influence ‘BR’ has had on the likes of “Fortnite” and “PUBG” are astonishing. “Fortnite” has become a household game for the last few years on multiple video game consoles. The concept is very similar to ‘BR’ — a group of soldiers/characters drop into an island and fight for their lives while evading the “danger zones” that could ultimately kill you.
“The Hunger Games” also follows a similar concept to the Kinji Fukasaku-directed film. Young children are selected and are forced to fight in a televised death match called “The Hunger Games.” Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place when the sister gets selected to join the games. Just like the Japanese film, the last man standing is granted a trip back home.
Another movie that is influenced by ‘BR’ is Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1.” Remember the ball & chain girl in “Kill Bill’’? The same actress is in “Battle Royale” — Chiaki Kuriyama. In 2009, Tarantino did an interview with Sky Movie … saying that his favorite film in the last 17 years is “Battle Royale.”
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