2006 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title BATTLE ROYALE
CD Label Volcano
CD Number CPC8-3035
Music by: Masamichi Amano
Music Performed by: POLAND NATIONAL WARSAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Number of tracks 23
Running time 70:54
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture December 20, 2000

REVIEW

October 09, 2006

The following information and track titles for this CD are from http://www.hexacord-america.com/japan/cpc8_3035.html.

"At the dawn of the Millenium, the nation collapsed. At 15% unemployment, 10 million were out of work, 800,000 students boycotted school. The adults lost confidence, and fearing the youth, eventually passed the 'Millenium Educational Reform Act'...AKA: The BR Act." - opening graphics introduction to Battle Royale Easily one of the most provocative and disturbing films to come out of Japan (until Suicide Club was released in 2002) and a contemporary cult favorite.

My 2 cents worth:

I didn't enjoy this CD as much as the sequel CD. This is made up of classical pieces of music as well as some original pieces by Masamichi Amano. While I enjoy listening to classical music from time to time, the second CD for me was the better of the two. Parts of track 1 reminded me of some of the stock music in the U.S. Superman TV shows of the 50's. Track 2 even had a small queue that reminded me of the Batman movies mixed with a little of the marches from "Alien 2". Don't get me wrong, this CD is also a fine listening experience, I just preferred the sequel's music. Of course I have never seen either film so have no idea how well the music works for these films.

BATTLE ROYALE

  1. Requiem (Guiseppe Verdi) - Prologue (Masamichi Amano)
  2. New Century Education Reform Law
  3. A Fearful Teacher
  4. Game Start
  5. Memory Of The Orphanage
  6. Slaughters
  7. Radetsky-Marsch Op. 228 (Johan Strauss I)
  8. The Person Put Into The Game, Put Out Of The Game
  9. An Der Schonen, Blauen Donau Op. 134 (John Strauss II)
  10. Escape Of Nanahara And Noriko
  11. Friendship - Tapping
  12. Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen D. 774 (Franz Schubert)
  13. Winner Of Sorrow
  14. Kiriyama's Attack
  15. Mimura's Determination
  16. Yukie and Nanahara - Poison
  17. Battle Of Girls
  18. Meeting Again
  19. Aria from Orchestral Suite No.3 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  20. The Third Man
  21. Teacher & Students - Final Battle
  22. Unpleasant Victory
  23. Hopeful Departure