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Suicide Club (2002)

Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, more...
Director: Shion Sono, Shion Sono
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: TLA Releasing
Genre: Action, Comedies, Cult, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Independent, Suspense/Thriller, Black Comedy, Political Satire, Politics and Social Issues, Slashers, Japan, Adventure, Asian Horror
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This dark horror film begins with the grisly spectacle of 54 Japanese schoolgirls jumping in unison into the path of an oncoming train. This is only the first in a wave of mass suicides that sweeps across Japan, baffling the police and panicking the populace. The two police officers assigned to the case have to piece together such mystifying clues as a website seems to be predicting each wave of deaths, a coughing child who periodically calls them with enigmatic tips, and a coiled rope stitched out of human flesh. All of it may or may not have to do with a prepubescent all-girl pop group whose latest hit single seems to have hypnotized the nation. ~ Tom Vick, All Movie Guide

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Talk about a dark double-feature...

"Suicide, don't do it." -- song by "Big Fun"

Atmospheric, enigmatic Japanese mystery

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good Stuff by Transpirations February 15, 2005 - 4:14 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
No, it doesn't make sense!
No, it doesn't have a coherent plot!

Boo hoo.

It's still a great movie. It's weird and random and fabulous. You'll enjoy it immensly if you can handle the fact that it doens't make sense.

My love of Asian Horror is coming to an end by Torgo December 28, 2004 - 1:58 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A lot of people seemed to like this movie way more than I did. I don't know if that's because they don't really have a sense of awkwardness about the Japanese style of making movies than I do or perhaps they just ignored the fact that this movie didn't go anywhere.
The movie had some promise, I got the sense that this was going to be a typical mystery movie with typical Japanese style violence but I knew this movie was going in a completely different direction once they broke out the fruit roll-up made of human flesh.
The most mind-boggling part of the film was the androgenous man who had an underground cult-slash-rock band that lived in an abandonned bowling alley and had animals in pillow sacks all over the place where they could stomp on or kick at any given time. This part was so completely off and weird, it was funny, which was way different from the thriller aspect the movie put itself in within the first half hour. From there on in, it just gets more and more twisted to where you don't know exactly who is organizing the Suicide Clubs or even why they are even working.
And that's where this film goes wrong: there are no answers to this movie. This movie doesn't even drop clues as to whether the Suicide Club is a statement on society in Japan or whether they're an alien cult or whatever they could be, it's up for grabs. Because the film doesn't even help us figure out why all these kids are killing each other, it stops making sense completely after we discover the secret about the band Dessert. By the end of the movie, nothing has developed whatsoever and the entire length of the movie has basically been drained of all meaning.
For people infatuated with Japanese cinema, knock yourself out with this film but for us people who just want a good movie to watch should just look elsewhere.

Third Act Problems by mjohnson March 2, 2004 - 10:09 AM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
The movie has a gripping opening, and a few shocking scenes, but that is all it has going for it.

The cop drama spliced into the movie feels like it was lifted wholesale from the mid-seventies, bad hair, wooden acting and all.

And as far as a reason behind it all, or explaining anything, really . . . well, don't hold your breath. Rent Battle Royale instead. Or maybe Heathers. Skip this piece of muddy crap.

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