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Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)

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A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective Toshiharu Kuroda (as Ryô Ishibashi)
... Detective Shibusawa
Mai Hosho ... Nurse Atsuko Sawada (as Mai Hôshô)
Tamao Satô ... Nurse Yôko Kawaguchi
Takashi Nomura ... Security Guard Jirô
Rolly ... Muneo 'Genesis' Suzuki
Joshua ... Slave Boy
Masato Tsujioka ... Genesis' Gang
Kôsuke Hamamoto ... Genesis' Gang
Kei Nagase ... Genesis' Gang
Yôko Kamon ... 'The Bat' Kiyoko
Maiko Mori ... Kiyoko's Sister
Sayako Hagiwara ... Mitsuko (as Saya Hagiwara)
Takatoshi Kaneko ... H.S. Boy on the Roof
Mika Miyakawa ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
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54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train. This appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn't as simple as one could hope. Written by Anonymous

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Sore de wa minasan, sayonara [Well then, goodbye everybody.]


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Rated R for disturbing thematic elements, strong violence/grisly images and some language | See all certifications »

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6 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Suicide Club  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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The pop group "Dezaato" receives different romanji spellings throughout the movie, probably on purpose. Even though it actually means "Dessert", it's also spelled "Dessart", "Dessret", and "Desert" in the movie. See more »

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When the students jump to their death on the school roof, you can clearly see crew-members throwing buckets of fake blood at the window. See more »

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Detective Toshiharu Kuroda: They're not the enemy.
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Sûsaido kissu
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hit-and-miss take on Japanese malaise
4 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Shinjuku Station in the evening rush hour. High school girls throng the packed platform, dominating with their raucous chatter, jangling bags and provocatively short skirts. As the commuter rapid approaches, something bizarre happens - 54 girls join hands and step reverentially on the platform edge. Given the title of the film, it is no big stretch to guess what happens next.

A veteran detective (Ryo Ishibashi) and jaded younger colleague (Masatoshi Nagase) suspect a grand plot, but are thwarted in their attempts to investigate by weary seniors. Clues are supplied by The Bat, a more web-savvy mysterious informant. Can the detectives uncover the conspiracy and prevent more suicides? That is as much narrative analysis as the story can bear, as it veers off course in the second half into surrealism, MTV theatricals, and heavy-handed symbolism. "There is no suicide club" declares a juvenile voice on the phone, continually clearing its throat. Whether there is or isn't is a question never fully resolved.

Don't be taken in by reviewers who tell you that you have to be Japanese to understand this film - my Japanese students and friends are as baffled by the story as anyone else. Sion's film never quite lives up to that opening sequence in Shinjuku Station, but it compels you to go with it to the end, and provides a few thrills along the way. It is a shame it does not all quite pull together. But there are enough digs at Japan's shallow celebrity culture, crippling generation gap, obsessive consumerism, and indeed freakishly high suicide rate to make this worth watching.

In short, great visuals, shame about the script.


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