Video Of the Week: The Hunger Games

I met up with some friends in the Easter break and realized that half of them were crazily obsessed with this thing called the Hunger Games trilogy? Pfft. As a fan of Asian entertainment, I squeeze any free time i can muster with the latest installments of Korean dramas on fast forward or ctrl copy excerpts of Asian news onto Google translate. Productive ain’t I? But I happened to watch the Hunger Games movie today … and OMG it was so bloody awesome!!! Yes, i know the blog is about Asian Entertainment. But this honorable “Tribute Boy” character (who I think died few seconds into the game) is Asian looking and the plot reminds me of the Japanese manga-turned movie, Battle Royale.

The Storyline … In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

The Video … Since i can’t upload the entire movie, here is the trailer.

Verdict … I personally went into the cinemas unprepared for what was to come and was totally blown away by the exciting plot, great actors and superb directing. Don’t watch the trailer unless you have to.

I don’t think i can wait another year for the next movie – the trilogy will be split into four movies. So maybe give the books a try? Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. If you prefer manga or Asian actors, give Battle Royale a go. I personally found BR’s manga more exciting and had better characterization of all the game participants. But the BR movie was a bit too graphic for my liking.

Ooh and apart from stunt actor Chris Mark, Samuel Tan might be of Asian descent as well. I think he was the boy who fell off the monkey bars and sprained his ankle before the games even started. Aren’t you just loving the attention Asians are all getting?

Did you know?

Elizabeth Banks who plays Effie is actually under 20! Her words, not mine. Another actor to keep an eye out for! As weird as this probably sounds, her eccentric behavior was the highlight of the movie.

Have you seen the Hunger Games? What were your thoughts?

Confirmed: Chris Mark is half British, half Chinese. Check out our Twitter Favorites for the source.



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