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The Suicide Manual (2003)

Jisatsu manyuaru (original title)
After a group suicide, two journalists investigate the cycle of suicides caused by spirits bound by the Suicide Manual.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chisato Morishita ... Rie Izumikawa - Yû's Assistant
Kenji Mizuhashi ... Yû Tachibana - Director
Yûko Nakamura ... Rikkî - Navigator
Hideo Sakaki ... Keita Yashiro - Yû's Superior
... Nanami Kumatani - High School Girl
... Tokihisa Hayase - Psychic
Shôta Yamaguchi
Chieko Misaka
Miho Fujima
Yui Sobue
Maki Meguro
Shinichirô Ishikawa ... (as Shin'ichirô Ishikawa)
Takeshi Nakagawa
Mikiya Sanada
Yuka Hanabusa
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After the group suicide of four people, journalists Yuu and Rie investigate the reasons behind an endless cycle of suicides, blamed on an infamous Suicide Manual, hidden in a tag-less DVD disk. Said manual is shot in an infomercial fashion, with examples of the best methods to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. When investigating further, Yuu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person kills himself, he or she is sent to a certain hell, from which they induce other people to commit suicide. But is this what is really happening? Written by Anonymous

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Where there is a hand, there is a death. See more »

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6 October 2003 (Japan)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Followed by The Suicide Manual 2: Intermediate Stage (2003) See more »

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Dare mo inai umi
Music by Tsunemi Naitô
Lyrics by Yôko Yamaguchi
Performed by Hiroko
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The Manual (2003)
26 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

The film's main failure is that it has no real point of interest. No character is fleshed out enough for us to care, and the events are in full flow as soon as the film gets started. The danger here is that these are fictional events that we are not familiar with. Unlike a war film, where we can register some immediate context. This is a serious attempt to tackle the increasing numbers of suicide in Japan. However, its supernatural and creepy atmosphere puts it far from being taken seriously. The film is also very insular, keeping the focus on a pair of journalists that rarely seem excited to be a part of such a bizarre series of events. Other bits of the film are just filled with "How to kill yourself" segments. I'd recommend Suicide Club over this, as that just goes all out.


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