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Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
"Noriko no shokutaku" (original title)

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A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Noriko Shimabara - Mitsuko
Tsugumi ...
Kumiko - Ueno Station 54
Yuriko Yoshitaka ...
Yuka Shimabara - Yôko
Shirô Namiki ...
Ikeda - Tetsuzô's Friend
Sanae Miyata ...
Taeko Shimabara
Yôko Mitsuya ...
Tangerine
Tamae Andô ...
Broken Dam
Naoko Watanabe ...
Cripple #5
Hiroshi Sakuma ...
(as Kanehiro Ri)
Chihiro Abe ...
Long Neck
Hanako Onuki ...
Midnight
Sora Tôma
Kazumasa Taguchi ...
Kumiko's 'Father'
Takako Kitagawa ...
Kumiko's 'Mother'
Shingo Ishikawa
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A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", which grows darker after the mass suicide of 54 high school girls. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

The poster in the girls' room is of the band Dessert. This was the fictional girl pop band that was a big part of the first film. The poster advertises the song "Write Once", which was the song that Dessert performed in the ending credits of Suicide Club (2001). See more »

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Circle member (in cafe) to Noriko's Father: The only way to figure out what we can be... is to lie openly and pursue emptiness.
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Follows Suicide Club (2001) See more »

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Bara ga saita
Written by Kuranosuke Hamaguchi
Performed by Mike Maki
Courtesy of Shinko Music Entertainment
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A Tour De Force
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing "Suicide Club", I approached this film with some trepidation. However, this is not "Suicide Club 2". Its a story of two sisters Noriko and Yuka, who live with their parents in Toyokawa, a sleepy seaside town. Mousy Noriko is unhappy with this existence and runs away to Tokyo. There she meets Kumiko, who runs a fantasy service in which young ladies act as daughters for lonely men, amongst other things (the "family rental" concept is a great idea for this film). Yuka eventually runs away also, and does the same thing. Their father pieces together clues as to their whereabouts and doing and goes to Tokyo to find them. First of all, the settings are excellent. Like New York City and London, you see Tokyo in all its glory, neon etc. The story itself is also great, flowing & unfolding slowly until it reaches an explosive climax. However, that would only make a good film if the acting was merely adequate. The acting is uniformly superb. Kasue Fukiishi plays Noriko so well, you don't realize she's acting. Likewise, Yuka (Yuriko Yoshitaka) and Kumiko (Tsugumi) also give great performances. This film is much more psychological than "Suicide Club", and for that it shines. I was almost breathless through parts of this, and I watched it on DVD. Its only recommended you watch "Suicide Club" first, buts it not essential, to get the gist of this powerful film. Who expects any film that is labeled a sequel to be much better than the first? I so highly recommend this film. It is actually one of my favorites. I expect great things from the three young actresses in this film. Based on their performances in this film, especially Ms. Fukiishi's, I know I will not be disappointed.


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