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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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Sion Sono

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Sion Sono
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryo Ishibashi ... Detective Toshiharu Kuroda (as Ryô Ishibashi)
Masatoshi Nagase ... Detective Shibusawa
Mai Hosho Mai Hosho ... Nurse Atsuko Sawada (as Mai Hôshô)
Tamao Satô Tamao Satô ... Nurse Yôko Kawaguchi
Takashi Nomura Takashi Nomura ... Security Guard Jirô
Rolly Rolly ... Muneo 'Genesis' Suzuki
Joshua Joshua ... Slave Boy
Masato Tsujioka Masato Tsujioka ... Genesis' Gang
Kôsuke Hamamoto Kôsuke Hamamoto ... Genesis' Gang
Kei Nagase Kei Nagase ... Genesis' Gang
Yôko Kamon Yôko Kamon ... 'The Bat' Kiyoko
Maiko Mori Maiko Mori ... Kiyoko's Sister
Sayako Hagiwara Sayako Hagiwara ... Mitsuko (as Saya Hagiwara)
Takatoshi Kaneko Takatoshi Kaneko ... H.S. Boy on the Roof
Mika Miyakawa Mika Miyakawa ... H.S. Girl on the Roof
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suicide Club See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the trailer of this movie, there's a scene of a person faxing herself, thus committing suicide. This is actually part of the security guard/nurses subplot of the movie, that had to be cut out because with it, the film would have been longer than two hours. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Detective Toshiharu Kuroda: They're not the enemy.
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Alternate Versions

Two different R1 versions of the film exist, an R rated version and an unrated version. Not only can they be differentiated by the unrated version having a red stripe on the cover, but they have different pictures on the sides of the DVD cover (the unrated having a picture of Mitsuko). There are six additions to this version of the film.
  • In the subway scene in the beginning, the shot of the girl hitting the tracks is extended long enough to show her head getting run over by the train.
  • In the school sequence, the ear is now shown being pushed off the roof of the building.
  • In the suicide montage the portions showing the woman cutting off her own fingers is extended dramatically, and there are a few more lines added to the background song to accommodate this.
  • In the scene showing the introduction of Genesis, there are two added parts of him stepping on a cat, and then crushing a dog under his foot.
  • In the scene of Kurota's suicide, the gunshot has been extended long enough to show the bullet actually going through the back of his head.
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Connections

Referenced in Hostel (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Raito wansu
Written by Haruko Momoi
Performed by Dessert
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Like Modern Art
24 January 2005 | by Jon-87See all my reviews

To me, the best comments I have seen about this movie are those that say something like, "You're not supposed to understand." Like a roller coaster, it takes you through some shocking and scary stuff and leaves you back where you started with a queasy feeling in your stomach and the desire to ride it again.

Like modern art, different viewers will interpret Suicide Club differently. If you are not imaginative, or if you are closed-minded (some people just are -- there isn't anything wrong with that), simply avoid it. But if you like to be mentally challenged and left not knowing all the answers sometimes, then you'll really like this movie if that's what you're in the mood for.

I'd like to hear more about what other people think Dessart represents. The movie did not ridicule the girl group (average age 12.5); on the contrary, it assigned to them some kind of sinister power. Sure, the easy answer is that, as a pop group, they represent conformity and mob mentality. I think, though, that they might also represent the power of youth, not only over the young, but over adults as well. Were we supposed to like their songs, or not? Their positive, upbeat songs stood like sunny little islands in a hurricane-ravaged sea. I liked them.


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