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The Suicide Song (2007)

Densen uta (original title)
A thriller centered on an urban legend about a song that fatally affects its listeners.

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Riku Nagase
Yûko Ôshima ...
Anzu Natsuno
Sayaka Akimoto ...
Shuri Matsuda
Haruna Kojima ...
Kiriko
Atsuko Maeda ...
Kana Takahashi
Keisuke Horibe ...
Kaoru Mochizuki 'Chief M'
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Takako Fukuyama 'Hime'
Eugene Harada ...
Moro (as U-Jin)
Tsutomu Takahashi ...
Makoto Fuji 'Tôma'
Chisa Nishiyama ...
Sayuri Kamitani 'Kamiyon'
Tomomi Kasai ...
Asuka Kumohaya
Erena Ono ...
Sae Miyaguchi
Minami Minegishi ...
Rumi Inoue
Kayo Noro ...
Miki Oribe
Sae Miyazawa ...
C-chan
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Anzu Natsuno is the leader of the triathlon team of her all-girl High School. One evening she hear a voice singing and following the voice, she finds her close friend Kana in a High School hall, and Kana commits suicide. Anzu, nor any other girl of the team can understand why Kana did it. The girls soon begin to investigate. At the same time, reporters of the independent magazine "Masaka" heard the rumour of an "infectious song" that will drive to suicide to anyone who dares to sing it. Reporters Riku Nagase and Taichi are assigned to the story, they go to Kana's funeral in order to know if this is just another "urban legend". There they meet Anzu, and Kana's childhood friend Shuri, member of the pop group "AKB48". At first Anzu doesn't want to talk to Riku and Taichi, but Shuri got interested and wanted to know what happened to her friend, so she joins the reporters. Both Anzu's triathlon team of girls, and "Masaka" magazine reporters, with the help of Shiru start to follow the leads... Written by Bulma PunkRocker

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Soundtracks

Boku no Hana (Theme Song)
by Michiko Goi
Lyrics by Michiru Hoshino (as Michiko Goi)
Music by Michiru Hoshino (as Michiko Goi)
Arranged by Atsushi Umebori
(DefSTAR RECORDS)
Vocals by Iyo Matsumoto
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Not what it seems
29 September 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

At first glance the premise of this movie is very much that of J-horror, as the title entails: a song leads people to commit suicide. Other elements match the well known formula like urban legends and the fact the demographic of a cast mostly comprised of teenage girls. But 'Suicide Song' is not at all a clone of the new wave of Asian horror movies that has become somewhat sterile.

In fact, it is not horror at all. Or hardly. Instead this movie offers a skewed social commentary on what has been deemed one of Japan's greatest problems: the disturbingly high suicide rates. There is a sense of general paranoia that drives the characters in their quest for breaking the curse. And this includes a detached military otaku (played by the ever beautiful Ryohei Matsuda) who in his research for a shady magazine becomes involved with a group of high school girls that he ends up escorting to his home town to meet up with someone with spiritual powers. This could lead to plenty of squirm worthy moments but the entire thing is as innocent as it gets. Which seems to be a self conscious decision plot-wise since the otaku's mother probes the girls for a suitable marriage partner for her son, probably a jab at otakus and their well known inability for establishing romantic (or any) relationships.

The action moves from the city to the country and there to a mansion where they barricade behind blessed charms to ward off evil. So the solution is surprisingly traditional, it is steeped in returning to a very spirit-oriented religiosity with many Shinto undertones. And yet the supernatural is almost accidental. More than anything the movie is an ironic questioning of the reasons behind suicide all spiced with mystery and poking fun at superstition and self centered attitudes. This is achieved with a degree of satisfaction that is unfortunately thwarted by a conclusion that is too jarring. The movie degenerates into a Disney-like song sequence even as it delivers the explanation behind everything. The message is thus contaminated by a lapse of good judgment that strikes one as a compromise of sorts, almost as if to broaden the a target audience by pushing for a family movie device. Which is a strange choice given the subject matter.

It is a shame that this mars an otherwise solid movie. The characters are actually likable, from the main otaku to his highly volatile colleague with his conspiracy theories without forgetting the main girl whose backstory is later revealed. Considerably less famous than 'Suicide Club', 'Suicide Song' manages to offer a bemused perspective on the same subject in a manner that is much more interesting. Perhaps because there is a greater connection between the viewer and the characters and because it does not stray off into muddled soliloquies that sound deep but are more like white noise than anything else.

'Suicide Song' may not be a work of genius but it knows how to distribute comedy and drama in almost equal amounts in a frame of social critique that does not hinder the fun element of it all.


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