4 user 9 critic

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.




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Nami has been creating artwork for a new video game based on images she's been seeing in her dreams. With one of the game producers, she travels out to an abandoned house that seems to ... See full summary »

Director: Ten Shimoyama
Stars: Megumi Okina, Yôichirô Saitô, Kôji Ohkura
The Complex (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Ryô Iwamatsu
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.

Directors: Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Andrew Alfieri, Hideaki Anno, Moyoco Anno
Rinne (2005)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Yûka, Karina, Kippei Shîna
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

As part of a show, Haruna and Mirai watch a ghost video submitted by a viewer, only to experience strange occurrences that later draw the crew to Haruna's school; the location of the taken video.

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Yasuyuki Hirano, Haruna Kawaguchi, Takashi Kodama
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Andô
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawachi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Is it reality or insanity? Are the birds taking over this marine biology teachers mind? The daily conflicts of the sounds lurking in the shadows are beginning to take their toll.

Director: Yûichi Kanemaru
Stars: Gôshû, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Saaya Ishikawa
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu ... See full summary »

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Kayoko Honoo, Isao Sasaki
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Kaori Fujii, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kôji Tsukamoto
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Yûichi Onuma
Stars: Nozomi Andô, Yûko Daike, Katsuya Kobayashi


Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Where there is a hand, there is a death. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 October 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Suicide Manual  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Followed by The Suicide Manual 2: Intermediate Stage (2003) See more »


Dare mo inai umi
Music by Tsunemi Naitô
Lyrics by Yôko Yamaguchi
Performed by Hiroko
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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".

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Suicide Manual (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: