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If you have heard the hype - it's a major letdown!,
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This review is from: Battle Royale [DVD]  (DVD)
Yes, it has some interesting deaths and violence but none that stand out in the memory a week or so after viewing. I think that they hype comes from the fact that the level of violence and variety of violence was less common than it is now. After films like Saw, Hostel etc it isn't really a novelty. Plus, apart from maybe one guy, it lacks character development. Add this to the fact that they are all in uniform, it is difficult to keep track of who has killed whom, and so interest in who 'wins' starts to wane.
There are far superior Asian horror movies with much better plots and character development - things that give the violence some emotional impact and significance to the plot.