I just heard about Battle Royale!
The Hunger Games
Release date: Mar 23, 2012
Directed by: Gary Ross
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this movie was really great, in all respects. little exposition, great acting, great sound design, good directing, consistently stylized, varying intensity, interesting story, etc...
ooh, also, it reminded me of battle royale: hunch.com/item/hn_3580594/battle-royale/
Saw the premiere last night with a bunch of really really excited friends--although I was the odd non-excited one out it was much better than I expected. Jennifer Lawrence is an excellent Katniss. The boring dude who plays Gale can't act though, hopefully he'll get it together by the rest of the series.