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What do you think of Battle Royale

Updated on May 5, 2012

I don't know how many of you have seen The Hunger Games, I haven't seen it yet but I hear it is good. As I was searching for movies close to The Hunger Games, I happened to have found one titled Battle Royale, based in Japan. I decided to check it out and see what it was about. Of course, it was all in japanese but thank goodness for English subtitles.

I can see why alot of people think that this movie is quite controversial, especially when the violence isn't always censored. When I heard that The Hunger Games had some violence and people didn't like the idea of kids killing each other, it made me think how many more movies have violence like this. Then I saw Battle Royale, they show everything and there is not much censoring.

In Battle Royale, the economy is falling and so the pass this BR Law, each year a 9th grade class is chosen and taken an island that no one knows about. When they get on the island they are each given a number and an unknown weapon inside of a bag. In order to get safely off the island they have to kill each other with what they have as a weapon. Some of the students work together for a short while but end up killing each other. Who doesn't want to get off the island alive? Did I mention that they have a collar on their neck that explodes if they are not off the danger zones at a certain time?

It wasn't always fair in the movie because some of the weapons that the students received were like lids that went on pots, tazors (that can kill, but to a certain point), one student even received binoculars, that isn't such a good weapon to have unless you plan to view them from afar off. As the students kept on dying, they would take each others weapons in order to survive.

Some the of students did have reason to kill, one student was willing to kill the girl who stole her boyfriend and unfortunately she didn't win that fight if you know what I mean. Some of those students were willing to kill just to get off of the island alive. It was amazing to see how far they would go to kill each other off. Now thinking back to The Hunger Games, this movie was made based on a book, but at the same time they may have based some parts of the movie from Battle Royale.

It may not be fair to compare these two movies yet because I haven't seen The Hunger Games but it would be good to see the difference of these two movies and how they were made. Of course, the violence sequence may not be as bad in The Hunger Games like in Battle Royale but it is going to be worth watching when it finally comes out on DVD. But while you are waiting for The Hunger Games to come out on DVD, you should watch Battle Royale to see what it is about.


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      Theo Guedes (brazillian) 5 years ago

      I've already read the 119 mangas of Battle Royale, and I can say that i loved it.

      I hate The Hunger Games, it's just a terrible copy of Battle Royale.

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      Heid L Idrovo 5 years ago from New York

      There is a 2nd and 3rd part? I can't imagine all of that violence going on for 3 movies but I guess some people enjoy that kind of stuff. I'm a little curious now! Thanks for the info.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      Thanks, I also saw that there are also parts 2 and 3 to Battle Royale, which also made me think of their similarities.

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      Heid L Idrovo 5 years ago from New York

      I actually saw The Hunger Games before Battle Royale so I didn't know about all of their similarities, except for the violence of course. I personally think The Hunger Games is a safer, watered down version of The Hunger Games, not to say that it's a bad thing. They're both interesting in their own ways but you can definitely make the connection and it makes you wonder if that's more than just a coincidence. Great review!