Their faces say it all. War is truly hell, and legendary Battle Royale director, the late Kinji Fukasaku, shares his teenage experiences as a munitions factory worker during World War II with the young cast. After American artillery hit the factory Fukasaku-san was working in, he and other surviving classmates had to dispose of the dead bodies that piled up. Because they were trapped in the factory, the students had to dive under one another for cover whenever more firing commenced. Consequently, the director had a longtime hatred for adults afterwards.
"I know this isn’t going to be a popular opinion, but I’m gay, and I don’t think there’s nearly as much discrimination as people claim. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experienced discrimination. But it hasn’t been a huge factor in my life. I feel like a lot of people bring discrimination on themselves by getting in people’s faces too much. They like to say: ‘Accept me or else!’ They go around demanding respect as a member of a group, instead of earning respect as an individual. And that sort of behavior invites discrimination. I’ve never demanded respect because I was gay, and I haven’t experienced much discrimination when people find out that I am."