The Suicide Club 2002

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Japanese horror in which a trio of detectives try to get to the bottom of an epidemic of mass youth suicides. When 54 teenage schoolgirls gather at a subway station in Tokyo and, holding hands, jump in front of an oncoming train, the nation descends into a state of shock. The effect is compounded when copycat suicides begin occurring. Three detectives, Kuroda (Ryo Ishibashi), Shibusawa (Masatoshi Nagase) and Murata (Akaji Maro) are assigned to the case and begin their investigations. They are increasingly drawn towards a new all-girl band called Dessert, but how could a mere music group be responsible for such carnage?

Starring:
Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro
Director Sono Shion
Genres Drama, Horror, Thriller
Studio CORNERSTONE MEDIA
Rental release 19 September 2011
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 5 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
A pandemic of unexpected and grotesque deaths sweep through Japan. They appear to have been suicides, but is there more to the phenomenon than meets the eye..?

This incendiary cult classic from Japan became infamous for the opening scene in which a group of schoolgirls throw themselves in front of a moving train. Quite why that particular scene has been consistently singled out, considering the multitude of other disturbing moments in the movie, is something of a mystery. I suspect that some of the people who have drawn attention to this scene probably didn't make it any further into the movie. It was probably for the best.

In truth though, the film is more about atmosphere and suspense than shocks. It's not an exaggeration to say that the film is one of the most thought-provoking pieces of horror cinema to be made in the last decade, and deserves a reputation for more than just provocation. If you are feeling adventurous and want something that stimulates the mind and shocks the senses then this film should be at the top of your "to watch" list.

Don't expect the film to hand out any easy answers though. The next film in the series (Noriko's Dinner Table) simply adds to the confusion by raising even further questions. This seems to be the issue, more than any other, which drives a wedge between viewers; some people are infuriated by the film's obstinate refusal to explain anything, whilst others are able to love the movie, mysteries and all. Regardless of which side the viewer falls into though, I think it can be agreed that the film is a singularly disturbing, important and iconoclastic piece of cinema which deserves to be seen and talked about by as many people as possible.

Essential viewing.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Uscroft on 28 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
In the end, I was terrified to see this film because in my heart, I knew I had to watch it. And just as I had feared (or possibly even 'Hoped,') the plot and the story of this savage movie were both perfectly described in the title.

The sight of 54 schoolgirls holding hands together and smiling, standing side by side on a subway platform before jumping onto the tracks will haunt me until the day that I die! However, the brutally realistic blood and gore was utterly irrelevant. Because as always, the horrific tragedy was the fact that they had eagerly relinquished their own lives.

Throughout the movie, the scenes of people smiling happily as they hanged themselves or stabbed themselves in the throat almost made me feel as if I was being stabbed myself. The grotesquely over-the-top spoof of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was (in my personal opinion,) deliberately aimed at the people who think that it's okay to laugh at scenes or torture, death and pain; insisting that we `Shouldn't Take It So Seriously' and that it is 'Only A Movie.' Because if you can laugh at a man's camp performance while a woman is being raped and stabbed to death, then I personally feel that you should take a long, hard look in the mirror.

As usual of course, the biggest 'Problem' with this film as far as many Western people are concerned is that there is no logical 'Ending' or 'Solution.' There are no explanations for how and why these tragedies occurred, allowing us to all sleep soundly in our beds because in the end, the problems have been solved. But then again, the whole point of this movie is that there is no tangible 'Cause.' There is no one to blame, and there are certainly no 'Ghosts,' 'Demons' or other 'Creatures From Beyond The Grave' to slay.

There are no answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Anomie, ennui, alienation feelings a lack of connection. Families that no longer talk engendering a deep sense of meaningless creating a vacuum from which the young people escape en masse into a cult.

Could be even more graphic, if it really depicted the home life these people were escaping from, however the sterility is depicted in an even more psychologically disturbing film "Noriko's Dinner table" but you have to have some connection to get it. The same with this film, it takes a savage scalpel and wields it against Japanese society. The blood splashes over the screen and cascades into the drains.

Not an easy film as it got me thinking about all the people I know over the years who killed themselves and asking the questions why?

Yes it is that type of film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on 3 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie starts well, intriguing and gory. Then with half hour more to go, it has a complete personality split and goes in a weird and lame way. I give it a C minus at best. Such a wasted effort.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
With an opening scene so shocking and disturbing as to be deemed infamous by many, 2002's Jisatsu saakuru (aka Suicide Club) grabs you by the throat, thrashes you around for an hour or so, temporarily morphs into some kind of weird rock and roll opera, gives you another kick in the solar plexus, and then bids you on your way - a little confused about what the heck you just witnessed. The film will probably be just a little bit too open to interpretation for Western audiences, but by gum I freaking loved this movie. While American horror directors seem to base all of their films on a shared database of five scripts, the Japanese are continuing to revolutionize the horror film day in and day out.

If you've ever heard of this film from director Sion Sono, you probably already know how the movie opens. You've got a group of Japanese school girls (fifty-four in all) talking and giggling one minute, and then joining hands and jumping in front of an oncoming train the next. I wanted to stand up and applaud right here in my room because it's so shocking and so well done. Yes, we gorehounds can critique the manner in which the blood first appears, but no one can question the effectiveness of so much blood literally going everywhere. Shinjuku Station almost instantaneously turns into Splatter City, baby. The cops, led by Detective Kuroda (Ryo Ishibashi) investigate, but there's not much they can do about a mass suicide - not until the pattern of suicides continues to the point that they have to consider the possibility that someone is murdering these kids in some kind of incomprehensible way.
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