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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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    “We don’t watch a lot of Asian movies here on BeyondHollywood.com, because reading subtitles is hard.” Love it. I almost spit coffee all over my computer.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Me too! Cept it was soda!

  • venom_aa

    almost got me :P

  • jonas

    “Still not convinced? Here’s the final, undeniable proof!”


  • The knowing

    Hollywood has copied Battle Royale! This is how social media and technology can confuse most and manipulate people into believing anything. Hollywood has copied Japanese story telling for decades. Ex: Hunger Games, Godzilla, Power Rangers, The Grudge, and so on and so on. Get your facts together.

    • bdubs


  • Arthur

    April Fool’s joke for sure. “Battle Royale” smokes “The Hunger Games”. The only thing I really liked about “The Hunger Games” is that weird girl from “Orphan” plays a sadistic killer in “The Hunger Games”. But they killed her off in the first film. That was a mistake. It would have been very interesting to see her character evolve in the sequel. Kinji Fukasaku’s “Battle Royale” is on my All Time Top 50 Film List with some of me other top favorites like “Let The Right One In”, Shusuke Kaneko’s “Death Note” 1 and 2, “20th Century Boys” trilogy, Zhang Yimou’s “The Road Home”, “Wong Kar Wai’s “2046”, Bong Joon Ho’s “The Host” and “Memories of Murder”, Park Chan Wook’s “Old Boy”, Kim Ji Woon’s “A Tale of Two Sisters”, Pang Bros’ “The Eye”, Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle”, Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu”, Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”, Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, Pang Bros’ “Re-cycle”, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963), “A Werewolf Boy”, J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8″, Matt Reeves’ “Cloverfield”, Zhang Yimou’s “Raise The Red Lantern”, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “King Kong” (1933), “Gojira” (1954), “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “The Twins Effect” (yes! one of my favorites), “Ip Man”, Tsui Hark’s “Time and Tide”, Kim Ki Duk’s “The Isle”, “Troll Hunter”, “The War of the Worlds” (1953) and others.

  • AnnoyedFanofBoth

    Don’t get me wrong, love The Hungers Games, but Battle Royale came out 8 years before The Hunger Games. Not saying Hungers Games is a copy, but two people can have similar ideas. And both movies are great. But obviously you should’ve done a lot more research before badmouthing Battle Royale.

  • Jade

    Got angry and then saw it was an April Fool’s joke. Good thing, because Battle Royale came out years before HG.

  • Juri

    Seeing the Hunger Games gain so much recognition is difficult to fathom; especially when it’s more or less a blatant copy of “Battle Royale”, a Japanese novel (1996), movie (2000), and manga (2000-2005). I’ve read the entire series of “Hunger Games” (2008), and not only is the writing style bland, but the plot is exceedingly
    unoriginal and not ‘unique’ like many of you are claiming it to be. Like the
    “Battle Royale” manga, “Hunger Games” includes love triangles, a group of
    teenagers randomly chosen (BR: by class HG: by district), plans to overthrow
    authority, teens given weapons and forced into a death match, a pair working
    together to undermine the game with the help of an older mentor who had
    previously won the game, both female and male main leads, a corrupted
    government, signal fires and bird calls, a reality TV show program (which IS in
    the English adaption of the manga (2006) for the series unlike many of you have
    known), and the list goes on and on. Evidence of these unconcealed similarities
    can be found on various Internet articles (whose writers I sincerely thank). I urge
    you to go right now and read the manga or novel of Battle Royale online so that
    you can compare the two series. The author of “Hunger Games” blatantly claimed
    (*cough* lied *cough) that she supposedly never even knew of “Battle Royale”,
    so you can’t use ‘inspiration’ as an excuse anymore. Instead, she blurted out
    nonsense about Roman mythology and the Iraq war since she doesn’t want to admit
    her source of inspiration is a contemporary. How convenient for her own success
    since “Battle Royale” is a Japanese series that isn’t well known in North
    America. She basically made an American-version of the series that contains
    less gruesome content and involves districts in place of school classes. Even
    if she truly did not know about “Battle Royale” or mysteriously forgot about it
    in the back of her mind, it is still part of an author’s job to confirm the
    originality of his or her own to-be published works through researching. I’m
    posting this so that “Battle Royale” can at least receive some acknowledgment that the “Hunger Games” author denied. Sure enough, both series also share resemblances with “The Lord of the Flies” and “The Running Man”. However, unlike the HR author, the BR author has not denied this inspiration. Moreover, the “Hunger Games” is more like a rip-off of “Battle Royale” than an inspiration since the majority of the plot elements are nearly identical. There’s a fine line between the words ‘inspiration’ and ‘copy’, and “Hunger Games” has extended far past it. There are also many popular American series that were inspired by Japanese series such as “The Matrix” from “Ghost in the Shell”, however they rightfully gave credit for the ‘original’ series… unlike a certain someone It’s so aggravating that Suzanne Collins had dare stated that she wasn’t inspired by “Battle Royale” when she clearly was. What’s more contemptible is that she’s getting not only famous from her rip-off, but she’s also obtaining vast amounts of money from it. But hey, that’s how reality
    works, right? Therefore, I don’t care if this is marked as spam or hauled with
    negative comments from “Hunger Game” fanatics. As long as it reveals to some
    people the credit “Battle Royale” genuinely deserves, then I’m satisfied. Anyways, nice April Fools post! xD

  • Readbeforeyouwrite

    You’re like the person who said Lord of the rings was a copycat of Harry Potter. Battle Royale cake first before Hunger Games!

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

      Look at the date this article was published my friend, it was an april fools joke.