5 Ways That Battle Royale Totally Rips Off The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games and Battle Royale Rip-Off

Note: This article was originally published on April 1st, 2013, as part of our April Fools Day joke. Thanks for playing along.

We don’t watch a lot of Asian movies here on BeyondHollywood.com, because reading subtitles is hard, but we recently stumbled across a Japanese movie called “Battle Royale”, which was such a blatant rip-off of “The Hunger Games” that it infuriated me. Now, with the second movie, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on its way this November, I think it’s time we expose this copycat.

After watching “Battle Royale” (which was directed by Kinji Fukasaku, who must be some kid who thinks he can get away with duplicating one of the best movies of 2011) and “The Hunger Games” back to back, here are five ways that “Battle Royale” totally rips off “The Hunger Games”. I mean, come on, they aren’t even trying! It’s that obvious!

In no particular order…

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  • Peter

    Seriously, you need to research a little more. I laughed when I saw the title of this post. As passionate as you seem, ‘Battle Royale’ came out a decade before ‘Hunger Games’ and the opposite argument is the one most often made: that ‘Hunger Games’ copied ‘Battle Royale’. You might want to pull this post to save face, especially since you are the one who admitted you do not watch Asian movies. Neither do I, but I tend to use IMDb and Wikipedia for basic research purposes before making an argument for which I might have a reasonable amount of faith in its truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daron.d.cooper Daron Doc Cooper

    Battle Royale, came out wayyyy before The Hunger Games, so really the title should be “How Hunger Games rips of Battle Royale…just saying.

  • Guest

    This is obviously just April Fools joke. No need to get so serious guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daron.d.cooper Daron Doc Cooper

    Well today is April Fools, so I really do hope so, but any other day I would have had more comments to put down lol

  • Peter

    Oh, good grief. I am an April Fool. Nice one. Nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eamon.obrien.391 Eamon O’Brien

    aprils fools me thinks lmao

  • akira

    You got it wrong. American copy the Japanese. Battle Royale came out back in 2000 already. The novel came out in 1996. The Hunger Games novel came out in 2008 and the movie came out in 2012. You need to do your research.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487102434 Jim Culver

      YOU DON’T SAY?

  • TXC

    Did you not click on the link for the final undeniable truth? You are a fool if you didn’t

  • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    Even though I know this is an april fools gag, this is a subject that still comes up. Yes Battle Royale came out first, but does that mean the author of the hunger games ripped it off? no. She most likely had never heard of battle royale, i know many who hadn’t. Hell battle royale wasn’t even that unique. I wrote a story like that while I was in Junior High…wish I had found a way to publish it

  • aka

    For a microsecond i was pissed, till i read this
    “We don’t watch a lot of Asian movies here on BeyondHollywood.com, because reading subtitles is hard”
    and then it cracked me up rotfl