The blatant hollywood ripoffs of Japan continue first was Hunger Games, now Lucy

In case you did not know, Hunger Games is a blatant, unattributed, ripoff of an older Japanese book called ‘Battle Royale’, and this trend is continuing with a new movie called ‘Lucy’ which appears nothing more than another ripoff of ‘Elfen Lied’, even going so far as the name the movie after the main character in Elfen Lied.

Hunger Games ‘wowed’ the US for its ‘original’ plot that we had not seen. The reality is that the plot is a pathetic copy and paste of Battle Royale, and the creator of hunger games did not even go far enough to merely use the idea, but literally took every key aspect and left it unchanged. The top annoyance is that when asked if they had heard about BR the person said “they never heard of it”. This bitch made a LOT of money off an idea that wasnt hers.

No, this isnt Hunger Games, its Battle Royale, they did it earlier and better.

Now mind you, in the US Battle Royale is not that popular, given that its a Japanese book, however in Japan is predictably is very well known, if you were to tell someone about Hunger Games in Japan they would tell you ‘that was the plot of Battle Royale’. I have absolutely no doubt she ripped it off, here are the relevant plot points (as you proceed remember BR was written years before HG):

Future dystopia world with oppressive government

Said government uses ‘extreme entertainment’ to help quell the populace and remind them who’s in charge

The entertainment is people

Young school-age people

Who fight each other to the death in regulated areas

The fighting occurs until only 1/2 people are left who are then the winners and given prizes

the players are given random weapons to fight each other, some good some not

to encourage fighting areas are routinely blocked to force smaller and smaller areas of conflict

I am never going to give that fucking franchise a penny of mine.  Anyway so the ‘oringinal’ trend continues with a new movie called ‘Lucy’.

The 'new' Lucy

The ‘new’ Lucy

Essentailly the plot is that Lucy has become a ‘metahuman’ who has access to advanced psychic powers and proceeds to go on a rampage that no one can stop because bullets etc are useless to her.

The Oringinal Psychic powered Lucy

The Oringinal Psychic powered Lucy

Oringinal Lucy was also a ‘metahuman’ of sorts, an advanced evolution of humans that can access psychic powers.  She was used in experiments, and wanted to be tested on.  Much like this new movie.  She rebels against her fate, and with her psychic powers the body count is high.

Flashy things like huge objects being lifted, bullets stopped, guns being ripped out of arms, all the while tough-girl Lucy is on a rampage she was forced into.  Hmm, sounds a lot like this new movie of being forced into violence and uses her psychic powers to rampage.

Congratulations Hollywood, you have succesfully ripped off another GOOD Japanese plot, you will give no credit (except the completely blatant name-steal) and everyone will praise the oringinality.

Btw, Elfen Lied was a very good anime, but I am going to skip this peice of shit rip off, no penny from me there either.




13 thoughts on “The blatant hollywood ripoffs of Japan continue first was Hunger Games, now Lucy

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  2. Alas, cultural thievery seems to run strong in the West at times (e.g Elgin Marbles, the Wicca movement). It’d be interesting to know if it’s as prevalent in others places around the world, or just a Western phenomenon. Cultural thievery does nothing to edify the people who stole it (’cause it proves that they can’t or don’t want to create genuine culture for themselves), and it does nothing to help the victims whom it was stolen from. Everyone loses out. It’s a shame.

    As for re-makes of Japanese films, here are some pages with a few more listed:

  3. Just saw the commercial, and saw at the end the movies name was Lucy, I was fondling with my phone while the commercial preview was on so I didn’t see anything much, however I heard bullets and other types of carnage. So after the it ended and the title of the movie “Lucy” came up, I was like, “yoooo they just ripped off elfin lied” you couldn’t miss it, anyone who has seen the anime will automatically know, there’s nothing wrong with making a movie over an anime with a very beautiful actress, but come on, if you’re gonna rip a plot off at least make it so it’s actually named after the anime. Give credit where it’s due, then again, green talks and bullshit walks.

  4. “Hunger Games is a blatant, unattributed, ripoff of an older Japanese book called ‘Battle Royale’ “.

    Wow, you actually accuse Suzanne Collins of plagiarism? When confronted with the fact that she had never even heard of Battle Royale before she finished the manuscript for THG, you call her a liar?

    Of course you have proof of this, right? I mean, otherwise you’d be just another weeaboo troll spitting baseless accusations and fanboying over an obscure, shitty little splatter-porn movie from Japan that nobody had ever heard of 18 months ago.

    As far as literally ripping off stories from other countries, Japan is a frequent offender. Kurosawa ripped off John Ford and Shakespeare, just to name two instances by a single artist. Does that mean I’m going to burn my copy of Ran ( a movie I video-taped in 1986, then upgraded to DVD a few years ago, and have watched at least 50 times) ? Of course not. That would be stupid. Like making a blog post about what a ripoff artist Kurosawa was, and how foreigners are ripping off British fiction.

    Also, I’ve seen Elfen Lied. I enjoyed Elfen Lied. Calling another movie a ripoff of EL while ignoring that EL was a just ripoff of Frankenstein with 1,000 anime cliches thrown on top is just more proof of your ignorance.

    Go watch Everything is a Remix and stop making the interwebz dumber than it already is.

  5. simply just…. thank you for pointing out the rip off, before I had to, from the very first preview I saw on T.V., I already knew. I get angry when I see this happen, and you were right about battle royal as well. ever since my fiancé shown me the movie 6 years ago, and the second one, I already knew, even divergent is a rip off of a rip off. but whatever… Hollywood is a mass secret society of satan worshipers so don’t expect any gratitude or respect from them. I am really tired of living in this country for a many numbered of reasons, but when they mess with my Japanese fetish…. they’ve gone too far hehe, wish I could talk to more ppl who know we are talking about, but that is why this BS slips through the cracks…Kudos to your wide range of knowledge, i’d rate this article a fucking 10

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