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

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Suicide Club -- A wave of suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves into an oncoming train. Detective Kuroda and the rest of the police force are baffled as the bloodbath triggers a rash of suicides across the city.
Suicide Club -- A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
Suicide Club -- A brilliant and wicked tour-de-force from Japanese writer/director Sion Sono about 54 girls who leap to their death.

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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:
Not for the Japanese-ignorant See more (143 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 Sudo ... Security Guard Jirô (as Takashi Nomura)
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

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:
"Mail Me", the catchy song that can be heard throughout many scenes, is actually a "Dezaato" cover of "Mail Me" by Haruko Momoi.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:
Genesis:I'm Charles Manson of the information age!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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218 out of 336 people found the following review useful.
Not for the Japanese-ignorant, 23 September 2004
Author: rrobins2-1

A user on this board commented that much of this film is lost in translation. This is true. From what I've seen, the overwhelming majority of users on this board are either American or European. Also, the majority of the reviews of this film are negative, and the only explanation from these negative reviews are that the film "doesn't make sense" or lacks a "solid plot."

LOL

Of course it doesn't make sense to you. You're watching it as an American. You cannot watch this film with an American lens. You're right - it doesn't make sense. But if you watch this film with a Japanese lens it makes PERFECT sense.

First, you cannot watch this film within a Christian/existential context. You must watch it from a Buddhist/Shinto perspective. This is the predominant religion in Japan.

Watching this as a Shinto/Buddhist you'll find that a lot of the images take on new meaning. Shinto is an animist religion that WORSHIPS NATURE - pay attention to the animal symbols that repeatedly crop up in the film (did you wonder why there are baby chicks running rampant during that creepy "shaving" scene?). Also, pay attention to the colors. Yellow means something much different to the Japanese than it does to Westerners.

Also, Japan has an incredibly powerful youth culture. Western societies, especially the United States, tend to dismiss youth as a time of decadence, immorality, and lack of direction. The Japanese hold their youth in reverence - they believe it's an incredibly precious time of life. In fact, just as the US has "mother's day" and "father's day," the Japanese have "children's day!" This movie is making a statement about childhood and the value of childhood.

And, last but not least - reincarnation. Reincarnation is accepted as a fact of life in Japan. Keep that in mind when the kids from the Dessart Group are talking all "cryptic" and "nonsensical." ^_^

I won't go into detail on what sort of meaning the film takes within the native Japanese framework. I will tell you this, though: the plot IS coherent from start to finish. There aren't any "plot holes." No more so than you'll find in the greats of American cinema, such as "Citizen Kane" or "Pulp Fiction."

With these things in mind, "Suicide Club" is not as enigmatic as it might seem. Of course, this information doesn't dismiss the other complaints: gratuitous violence and the J-pop performances.... Which, I'd argue, are just more American-biased complaints.

Sayonara! Randy

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