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Densen uta (2007)

A thriller centered on an urban legend about a song that fatally affects its listeners.

Director:

Masato Harada

Writers:

Yasushi Akimoto (original story), Masato Harada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Riku Nagase
Yuko Oshima Yuko Oshima ... Anzu Natsuno (as Yûko Ôshima)
Sayaka Akimoto Sayaka Akimoto ... Shuri Matsuda
Haruna Kojima Haruna Kojima ... Kiriko
Atsuko Maeda ... Kana Takahashi
Keisuke Horibe ... Kaoru Mochizuki 'Chief M'
Sayuri Oyamada ... Takako Fukuyama 'Hime'
Eugene Harada Eugene Harada ... Moro (as U-Jin)
Tsutomu Takahashi Tsutomu Takahashi ... Makoto Fuji 'Tôma'
Chisa Nishiyama Chisa Nishiyama ... Sayuri Kamitani 'Kamiyon'
Tomomi Kasai Tomomi Kasai ... Asuka Kumohaya
Erena Ono Erena Ono ... Sae Miyaguchi
Minami Minegishi Minami Minegishi ... Rumi Inoue
Kayo Noro Kayo Noro ... Miki Oribe
Sae Miyazawa Sae Miyazawa ... C-chan
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Storyline

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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Horror | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suicide Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

AKS Co.,Dentsu,Eisei Gekijo See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

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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Confusing and Prosaic
14 July 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Story revolving around Japanese teen pop group AKB48 about their song that supposedly drives people who've sang it to suicide. Producer of AKB48 Yasushi Akimoto is the writer for this movie as well.

I'm fluent in Japanese, so I watched this movie in Japanese dialog. Even so, I couldn't understand what the heck the story was all about for the first 2/3 of the movie. Many scenes cuts in and out but there isn't a thread that holds the story together.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised as the originator of this movie is Yasushi Akimoto. This guy can be blamed for single handedly lowering the quality of overall Japanese entertainment business by mass marketing untalented teenage girls as "idols" (AKB48 being a prime example) since the mid '80s just for his fame and money. He genuinely believes that any negative comments about his work is due to stupidity of the person who doesn't understand the greatness of his talent (in his own actual words). Just watch this movie. Can you see any talent in any of the girls who are cast in this movie ?

Because there's no central focal character (none of the girls would be able to carry a leading role), the movie itself tends to wander around girls going here and there, with not much happening. Towards the end, some light is shed on why the girls are dying and a resolution to the problem is suggested, so there's some story that starts emerge, but the rest of the movie is just a mess. If you see other movies Akimoto has written, he has a schizophrenic style to writing which doesn't help with a story that already lacks focal point like this one.

Quality takes time and effort, and just like the difference between a cuisine of a three star restaurant and an instant noodle, this movie is a proof that trying to make instant success just doesn't work.

Watch this movie for the "Huh ?" factor, and if you've wondered about it's low quality, you know why.


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