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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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Aitakatta
Lyrics by Yasushi Akimoto
Music by BOUNCEBACK
Arranged by Tomonori Taguchi, Haruo Inatome
Performed by AKB48
(DefSTAR RECORDS)
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Not horror, but great if you're in the mood for this sort of thing
11 July 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The IMDb category "horror" and the DVD cover of a girl burning herself to death might lead you to believe that "Suicide Song" is, well, a horror flick about girls burning themselves to death.

Surprisingly not so. If you're expecting something like the iconic morbid social satires like "Suicide Club" or "Battle Royale", you might wanna look elsewhere. Instead what you get here is oddly light-hearted, funny, and perhaps even delightfully cheesy, despite staying very close to its dark subject of suicide.

How does it accomplish this? First of all, it shies away from gratuitous gore. Instead of the obligatory blood & guts & creepy girls crawling on the floor mired in blood & guts, as we may have come to expect from Japanese flicks labeled "horror", most of the death scenes are handled with a tasteful cut-away to a distant shot. At first, the bloodthirsty vampires amongst us may feel cheated, but sit back & have a tomato juice instead, you'll soon realize that this is a much more poetic and artistic way of handling death.

Next I gotta mention the humor. There's some really funny stuff here, and I'm not just talking about corny sight gags. The characters are really quirky (especially the mildly psychotic ex-soldier turned magazine reporter), and their rapid-fire banter is at times reminiscent of a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn tit-for-tat thing. Just be prepared to read subtitles fast if you don't speak Japanese.

And thirdly I was impressed by what the film had to say under the surface. Granted, I missed a lot because I was struggling to speed read the subtitles, but the film's commentary on the epidemic of suicide is pretty interesting stuff. There's a line where one character expresses how suicide comes in fads, ever since ancient times, tying it in with the appropriate modern reference to suicide bombers in the Middle East, and to blame suicide on any new phenomenon, ghosts or demons or as the case may be, a song, is foolish.

If I had to fault the film for one thing, it would be the second half when we depart from these abstract thoughts, and the story settles on a more literal plot. I suppose this is required to give the film closure, and on that level it delivers. But I would've been just as happy without the traditional buildup, climax & resolution, since the film seemed to be heading nicely in the direction of a rhetorical mind trip (like maybe 2001: A Space Odyssey) rather than a linear story (like maybe Star Wars). But overall, the balance between philosophy & story was well handled, and I think most people will enjoy this flick. As long as you're NOT expecting horror!


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