I have recently watched the much praised movie The Hunger Games. It was indeed a good movie to watch. It is about a deadly game, where the players must kill each other in order to win. Only one person can survive.
But in the year 2000, there was a novel and movie quite similar to this concept. One of the 10-highest grossing films in Japan, Battle Royale has been controversial and banned from distribution in many countries. I have also seen the movie and it was violence equal to the Clockwork Orange have given, not-so for young audiences. It was a totally death game. Blood. Fear. Suicide. Mental Madness. Unlike on the Hunger Games, the play was not so exaggerated. Though I like the futuristic drama of the Capitol, the audience, costumes and technology advancements.
However, even if they are being compared for this. Still, they have a lot of different flavors that contributed on being a blockbuster on their own right. For now, I am so looking forward for the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay for this trilogy.