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Suicide Club (2001) More at IMDbPro »Jisatsu sâkuru (original title)

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Suicide Club -- A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

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Director:
Writer:
Shion Sono (written by)
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Tagline:
Sore de wa minasan, sayonara [Well then, goodbye everybody.]
Plot:
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
View this movie from the point of view of a gay Japanese person. See more (142 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ryo Ishibashi ... Detective Toshiharu Kuroda (as Ryô Ishibashi)
Masatoshi Nagase ... Detective Shibusawa
Mai Hosho ... Nurse Atsuko Sawada (as Mai Hôshô)
Tamao Satô ... Nurse Yôko Kawaguchi
Takashi Nomura ... Security Guard Jirô
Rolly ... Muneo 'Genesis' Suzuki
Joshua ... Slave Boy
Masato Tsujioka ... Genesis' Gang
Kôsuke Hamamoto ... Genesis' Gang
Kei Nagase ... Genesis' Gang
Yôko Kamon ... 'The Bat' Kiyoko
Maiko Mori ... Kiyoko's Sister
Sayako Hagiwara ... Mitsuko (as Saya Hagiwara)
Takatoshi Kaneko ... H.S. Boy on the Roof
Mika Miyakawa ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Kei Tanaka ... H.S. Boy on the Roof
Chika Hayashi
Nobuyuki Mihara ... H.S. Boy on the Roof
Nahana ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Yôhei Katô
Sadaharu Kondô
Suzunosuke (as Suzunosuke Tanaka)
Satomi Hisanaga ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Seiko Hashimoto ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Anri Maruyama
Mai Kanda
Noriyoshi Shioya ... Masa - Mitsuko's Boyfriend
Kasumi Takahashi ... Masa's Mother
Hajime Matsumoto ... Tôru Kuroda
Mika Kikuchi ... Sakura Kuroda
Keiko Suzuki
Yukijirô Hotaru
Miwa Ôtsuka
Makoto Utsugi
Ken Ishikawa
Rika Nakanishi
Kaede Tamiya
Atsushi Okuno
Takuji Suzuki
Madoka Arai ... Genesis' Victim
Taihei Hayashiya ... Rakugo Storyteller
Atsushi Numata ... Stand-up Comedy Duo
Katsuhiko Watanabe ... Stand-up Comedy Duo
Takamitsu Ôkubo ... Father
Yuhei Okabe ... Son (as Yûhei Okabe)
Nono Yamada ... Daughter
Tateo Moriyasu ... Kiyoko's Father
Chieko Misaka ... Theatre Troupe
Asami Hidaka ... Theatre Troupe

Hiroko Yashiki ... Theatre Troupe
Haruna Matsuoka ... Theatre Troupe
Tomoko Shimazaki
Kikuko Sakurai
Satoko Tanigaki
Satomi Yoshida
Hideaki Hagiwara
Yûta Yamazaki
Tsudoi Nishi
Naoko Tsuchiya
Kika Nishimura
Miki Emura
Ayano Nakamura
Yûko Sano
Kôichi Tazawa
Ryuji Kasahara ... Punisher (as Ryûji Kasahara)
Non Kuramoto
Tomohiko Amamiya ... Children
Yuika Bandai ... Children
Seiya Mori ... Children
Takuya Utsumi ... Children
Naoto Adachi ... Children
Takateru Yashiro ... Children
Noriko Shibagaki
Kaoru Kitada
Miuka Ono
Mariko Matsumoto
Natsuki Yoshino
Megumi Shôji
Sanae Morita
Chikako Arai
Nao Takai
Mio Sakurai
Chika Tajima
Miri Nanazono
Yaya Akiyoshi
Emiko Sora
Risa Tsuyusaki
Nao Nagasawa
Yume Otomiya
Ayumi Seki
Saori Tomita
Tomoko Chiba
Akane Noji
Kazuyuki Kitaki ... Police Personnels
Taiju Okayasu ... Police Personnels
Midori Shin'e ... Police Personnels
Erika Tajima ... Police Personnels
Chika Kumagai ... Dessert
Saon Fujita ... Dessert
Tomoe Adachi ... Dessert
Miyu Sawada ... Dessert
Kazumi Sekine ... Dessert
Mitsuru Kuramoto ... Oden Stand Owner
Yûna Natsuo ... Girl By the Stove
Toshiyuki Kitami ... Shinagawa
Kenjirô Tsuda ... Mita
Kimiko Yo ... Kiyomi Kuroda
Hideo Sako ... Detective Hagitani
Akaji Maro ... Detective Murata
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyoko Baba ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Hiromi Eguchi ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Rina Hashiba ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
Kanako Hiramatsu ... Mother Slicing Vegetables
Miki Isa ... Girl With Sign
Mikiko Isa ... Girl With Sign
Himeno Maeda ... Boy
Toyotomi Maeda ... Girl
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Directed by
Shion Sono 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shion Sono  written by

Produced by
Seiya Kawamata .... producer
Atsushi Numata .... executive producer
Junichi Tanaka .... producer (as Jun'ichi Tanaka)
Toshiie Tomida .... producer
Toyoyuki Yokohama .... executive producer
Seiji Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tomoki Hasegawa 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuto Sato  (as Kazuto Satô)
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Ônaga 
 
Casting by
Mamoru Ito 
 
Production Design by
Yoshihiro Nishimura 
 
Art Direction by
Yoshihiro Nishimura 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... special makeup effects artist
 
Sound Department
Masami Nishioka .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Yoshihiro Nishimura .... moldmaker
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jisatsu sâkuru" - Japan (original title)
"Suicide Circle" - International (English title) (literal title), Japan (English title) (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing thematic elements, strong violence/grisly images and some language
Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The pop group "Dezaato" receives different romanji spellings throughout the movie, probably on purpose. Even though it actually means "Dessert", it's also spelled "Dessart", "Dessret", and "Desert" in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the students jump to their death on the school roof, you can clearly see crew-members throwing buckets of fake blood at the window.See more »
Quotes:
Medical Examiner:There are several bodies here. We'll pry them apart later.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mail MeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated version and the Unrated Version?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
View this movie from the point of view of a gay Japanese person., 30 June 2006
Author: whuffler from United States

I was initially as baffled by this film as the majority of responders seem to be. What helped me make sense of it was finding out the director had previously been involved in making gay porn--that tells me he is likely gay or at the very least, familiar with the gay community in Japan. In Japan, as I understand it, no one likes to stand out, to seem different. For example, the announcement of the birth of the Princess Aiko a few years ago was delayed because no news media wanted to be the first to announce the event. That is absolutely the opposite of how western-culture media functions. It is almost impossible, for me at least, to imagine what it must be like to live, to think, like that.

And then imagine being gay in a society like that.

Nothing different can possibly be positive, so gay culture must be very, very hidden. A person's sexual preference is central to their identity, most westerners believe these days, anyway.

So look at the film again and think of it from a gay Japanese person's point of view: "It is unacceptable not to be like everyone else. I'm gay. But that is unacceptable. I MUST force myself to be straight, like everyone else." To deny a crucial feature of your innermost identity is like committing suicide. And since homosexuality is genetic and not a matter of choice, as scientists have found in recent years, there must be a great number of gay Japanese doing exactly this--an enormous group of people, a small but significant percent of the population--denying themselves sex, love, partnership, community--a "suicide club".

Look at it that way, and nearly all the mystifying elements make sense. --Whuffler

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Gore. I love it so do not open this thread if you don't Jonevans511
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