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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 Ohshima ...
Anzu Natsuno (as Yûko Ôshima)
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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A Cute, Family Friendly, Genre-Bending Comedy-Horror Flick
3 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From what little I've heard about "Suicide Song", I was expecting an uninspired horror film on the lower end of the Japanese spectrum – ala "Shikoku" (1999) or "Death Water" (2006). Fortunately, it's far better than those films and actually carves out a little niche for itself in terms of originality.

The prominent misconception about "Suicide Song" is that it's a straight-up horror movie. Well, when schoolgirls evaluate the power of ghosts by FIFA ranking and an epitaph spells "ugRy", you can be confident that you're watching a comedy. Such is the case here, as the primary intent of this film is to make you smile, not to scare you. The humor is very dry at times, but it's still rather obvious that this is a comedy first and foremost.

I've never understood why some viewers find it necessary first classify a film safely within a particular genre before sitting down to actually watch it. Perhaps these viewers are unfamiliar with genre-bending cinema to the point where they simply must judge films by a set of qualities that reside in a tiny conceptual box. If a film is supposed to be "horror", then the basic requirement is to instill fear. If a film is supposed to be a "comedy", then the basic requirement is to provoke laughter. A viewer who takes this point-of-view will surely be perplexed when they "gear up" for a horror flick and end up with a non-stop assault of dry humor instead. I personally thought the comedy worked, so maybe it's best for mainstream viewers to go into this film expecting a slower-paced comedy with a distinct Japanese style.

So, what's the story about? A number of schoolgirls commit suicide and may have been inspired by a pop song. Yes, the premise is very similar to "Suicide Circle", but this title has almost no blood, choosing instead to pile on quaint satire in truckloads with a pinch of light horror and even some melodrama near the end. Somehow, it works. Even at 125 minutes, it chugs along rather quickly and is actually satisfying when all is said and done. The actresses are charming and well-acted too.

In a nutshell, this is a very cute, family friendly comedy/horror movie with some memorable, chuckly-worthy moments.


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