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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, She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »



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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 ...
Tamae Andô ...
Broken Dam
Naoko Watanabe ...
Cripple #5
Hiroshi Sakuma ...
(as Kanehiro Ri)
Chihiro Abe ...
Long Neck
Hanako Onuki ...
Sora Tôma
Kazumasa Taguchi ...
Kumiko's 'Father'
Takako Kitagawa ...
Kumiko's 'Mother'
Shingo Ishikawa


A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, 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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23 September 2006 (Japan)  »

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Suicide Circle 2  »

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Mitsuko, the name that Noriko takes on, is one of the main characters in the first film. See more »


Kumiko: Some will kill, some will be killed. That's the circle of life, though there are contradictions. There are no perfect circles anywhere in nature. But if you draw a circle with a compass and a big fat marker, a thick outline will make it seem perfect. I'll give you a sense of perfection, Tetsuzo. You can be a lion. I'll be a rabbit. I don't need thick outlines. My metal box is starting to rot. I'm gonna go to a higher level. A rabbit, a suicide, a killer, evil, water overflowing from a glass... ...
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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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