Battle Royale is a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, and one of Japan's bestselling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, a group of high school students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when thy break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one remains.
Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka. Battle Royale was rejected in the final round of a literary competition due to the critical controversy it provoked among jury members. It was published in Japan in 1999 and became a Bestseller. In 2000, Battle Royale was serialised as a comic and made into a feature film.
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