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Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku Japan, 2000

†. Kennedy Pope's rating of the film Battle Royale

Aside from the anime-like and overly dramatic acting (which isn't necessarily uncommon for Japanese films of this sort), this film is a great watch. Yes, it's pretty similar to the premise of the Hunger Games, with the slight difference that this was made before the HG books, and is better than the HG movies.