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(From Bristol Evening Post)
FURTHER to Tom Bullock's reply to Mr Berry's criticism of the film The Hunger Games I would like to add that the central premise of the film - that is, child pitted against child in a fight to the death for the amusement of a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, violence-free society - is hardly original.
Back in 2000 a Japanese film entitled Batoru Rowaiaru (Battle Royale) told a similar tale, this time with a chosen class of school children being forcibly taken to a remote island and told to fight to the death. This film was a huge international hit and led to a rather feeble follow-up in 2003. In the intervening years I do not recall any …