It's probably just a coincidence that Kinju Fukusaku's Battle Royale is finally getting a fancy U.S. release on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20. It can't possibly have something to do with some other movie about teen death games, coming out around the same time, can it? No, of course not. In any case, whatever the reason, we're all grateful for a shiny new copy of Battle Royale — and here's the U.S. DVD trailer.
This is what has always bothered me about the Hunger Games. I watched Battle Royale originally in 2003, and then five years later this book series comes out and owes nothing to it.
I love Battle Royale, so when people tell me the plot of Hunger Games, I feel like its essentially the same thing with a different set dressing.
Can anyone confirm or deny this?