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The Suicide Manual (2003)

Jisatsu manyuaru (original title)
After a group suicide, two journalists investigate the cycle of suicides caused by spirits bound by the Suicide Manual.

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Chisato Morishita ...
Rie Izumikawa - Yû's Assistant
Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Yû Tachibana - Director
Yûko Nakamura ...
Rikkî - Navigator
Hideo Sakaki ...
Keita Yashiro - Yû's Superior
Ayaka Maeda ...
Nanami Kumatani - High School Girl
Masahiro Toda ...
Tokihisa Hayase - Psychic
Shôta Yamaguchi
Chieko Misaka
Miho Fujima
Yui Sobue
Maki Meguro
Shinichirô Ishikawa ...
(as Shin'ichirô Ishikawa)
Takeshi Nakagawa
Mikiya Sanada
Yuka Hanabusa
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After the group suicide of four people, journalists Yuu and Rie investigate the reasons behind an endless cycle of suicides, blamed on an infamous Suicide Manual, hidden in a tag-less DVD disk. Said manual is shot in an infomercial fashion, with examples of the best methods to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. When investigating further, Yuu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person kills himself, he or she is sent to a certain hell, from which they induce other people to commit suicide. But is this what is really happening? Written by Anonymous

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6 October 2003 (Japan)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Followed by The Suicide Manual 2: Intermediate Stage (2003) See more »

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Dare mo inai umi
Music by Tsunemi Naitô
Lyrics by Yôko Yamaguchi
Performed by Hiroko
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Unfathomably boring...
15 December 2015 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

As much as I enjoy Japanese cinema, then it is just not realistic to think that every single movie will be good. And "The Suicide Manual" (aka "Jisatsu manyuaru") was a massive swing and a miss. I only made it 35 minutes into the movie before I had to turn it off as I was risking suicide if I was to continue to be exposed to more of it. It was without a doubt one of the most boring and unappealing Japanese movies I have stumbled upon in a long, long time.

The story was utter nonsense, seeming like a myriad of different fragments that director Osamu Fukutani attempted to piece together like a puzzle, but failed most miserably.

The characters in the movie were as dull and unappealing as the rest of the movie, and you never really buy into any of them as being actual persons with characteristics or personalities, as they were lacking depth. They were essentially just cardboard cutouts.

I have no intention of returning to finish this movie ever. It already took away 35 minutes of my life. If you enjoy Japanese movies then stay well clear of "The Suicide Manual".


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