Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

If you love 'The Hunger Games'...

Posted on

When Suzanne Collins’ novel became a best-seller in 2008, Internet fanboys began buzzing about a 2000 Japanese cult film called Battle Royale — which is set in a totalitarian future in which teens are forced to fight to the bloody death. In director Kinji Fukasaku’s giddy gorefest, a group of ninth graders are sent to a government-owned island, given a weapon (if they’re lucky, a machine gun; if not, a pot lid), and informed that only one will survive. Although it was never released in U.S. theaters, the film is available on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and rent it while you’re counting down the days till Katniss comes to a theater near you.

Comments