In Japan, the college student Maiko grieves the loss of her mother, who committed suicide two weeks ago in the notorious "suicide forest". Maiko is seeking out her body and her friends Amber and Terry decide to make a documentary about her quest as school project. Terry invites his friend Kyle to shoot their documentary and they head to the forest. On the arrival, they meet the lonely hiker Jin, who asks them to leave the dead in peace and go away and stays with them. However they decide to search the spot and soon their college mates Skylar, Brody and Craig play a prank on them. While returning to their car, the trio finds a dead body and Skyler steals a Rolex from his wrist. When Jin finds what they have done, he advises that they are doomed.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No one survives in the suicide forest
Did You Know?
The suicide forest actually exists in Japan. In Japanese, it is called Aokigahara, and is at the bottom of Mount Fuji. The forest range covers around 14 square miles. Once you enter the forest, it's completely silent - no sounds of birds singing or animals rustling around. The number of suicides taking place there has increased yearly, and the Japanese government has placed signs around the perimeter of the forest, in Japanese and in English, urging people to stay away. There is a government department with the sole assignment of periodically going into the forest to remove as many bodies as possible. See more
Near the end of the movie, a police officer puts Maiko into a patrol car that has the engine running as there is exhaust smoke coming out of the tail pipe. But when he gets in the car to drive away, you hear the sound of the engine being started before he drives away. No reason to start the engine when it is already running. Poor sound editing. See more
Sometimes you get lost in the forest... sometimes the forest loses you
You stole my watch now I steal your soul
[holds up a noose
Referenced in The Forest