Battle Royale

Kitano (キタノ, Kitano) is the main antagonist of Battle Royale.

Basic Info[]

He is the former teacher of the Shiroiwa Junior High School 7th Grade Class B and administrator of the Battle Royale Program.


Kitano is a less sadistic equivalent to Kinpatsu Sakamochi from the novel and Yonemi Kamon from the manga. He leaves his job as a teacher at the fictional Shiroiwa Junior High School in Kanagawa Prefecture before becoming a Battle Royale instructor. Whereas the two previous characters took a certain amount of glee in the students' killing of each other, Kitano comes off as more apathetic to the deaths. The movie also paints him in a much more sympathetic light than his counterparts, with Noriko Nakagawa once even stating she believed Kitano was just "lonely". From his various conversations on the phone with his daughter, Shiori Kitano, Kitano reveals his trouble getting along with his family to the point Shiori tells him not to return home at the end of the film.

During the Program[]

Kitano seems to have some sort of affection for Noriko, as he is noticeably considerate towards her. At one point in the movie, he saves her life from Mitsuko Souma by scaring Mitsuko off (the only time he is shown entering the field of battle; exactly how he knew when to save Noriko is left unexplained, probably because Kitano looked at where Noriko is on the map of the island.). Afterwards, he then gives her his umbrella telling her "not to catch a cold". After Shogo Kawada is declared the winner, Kitano orders the military to leave the island and to not bother to check for the bodies of Shuya Nanahara and Noriko. When Shogo arrives to meet Kitano, Kitano reveals that he knew Shogo had deactivated Shuya and Noriko's collars and then threatens to kill him.

Shuya and Noriko both burst into the classroom in time. Kitano then reveals a painting he had created with all the other students dead, and Noriko triumphant. He tells her that he wishes to die, and he would prefer to die with her. He then threatens the trio with a gun once more and orders them to shoot him, or he would shoot them. Shuya promptly shoots him with a machine gun; Kitano rises and fires his gun (which turns out to be a harmless water gun). Shocked by the fake gun, Shuya accidentally lets loose another volley and supposedly kills him. Kitano rises again once more to answer his cell phone. After hanging up angrily on his daughter (knowing that no one will miss him), he tosses the phone to the floor, shoots it with a real gun and then eats the last of Noriko's cookies (complimenting the cookies while doing so) and slumps over on the couch.

Battle Royale II[]

Kitano returns in the sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem in a flashback scene of his daughter Shiori Kitano. As hinted by his phone conversation with Shiori in the first film, Kitano has a terrible relationship with her. He enters her room with a birthday present for her and offers to take Shiori out to dinner to celebrate the occasion, only for Shiori to coldly inform him that her birthday was the previous day. After Shiori berates him, Kitano moves to leave the room, and then holds his finger to his head like a gun and suggests he should kill himself; a hint of the attitude he takes toward his duties as the teacher in the original film.


  • The name Kitano is a surname. It is written in katakana (キタノ), which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji (北野), it means "north" (北) (kita) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no)


  • The name of the character, Kitano, is an obvious reference to the name of the actor that portrays him, Takeshi Kitano. This may have been done in reference to the fact that the name of the Battle Royale instructor in the novel, Kinpatsu Sakamochi, is a warped reference to Kinpachi Sakamoto, the kind-hearted protagonist of the manga Kinpachi-sensei. Battle Royale II follows the same pattern, as the teacher is again named for the actor that plays him; Riki Takeuchi.
  • It seems that when a student dies in the program, Kitano will eat a cookie representing each dead child. For instance, at the start of the program we see him eating two cookies representing Yoshitoki and Fumiyo. At the end when the trio confront him, he eats the last cookie representing the last pupil to be killed in the program.
  • Kitano has the same surname as his student Yukiko Kitano, but is unrelated to her.
  • Takeshi Kitano is credited as "Beat Takeshi".