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Danger After Dark Collection (Suicide Club/ Moon Child/ 2LDK)

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Description

Loaded with blood and mayhem the first collection from Danger After Dark is a trio of action-packed cult-favorites from Japan. In Suicide Club a wave of unexplained suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling girls join hands and throw themselves in front of an oncoming train. Meanwhile Japanese pop sensations Gackt and HYDE star in Moon Child a wildly entertaining hybrid of futuristic sci-fi John Woo-style gunplay and gothic vampire horror. The triumvirate is completed with 2LDK a vicious comedy about two roommates whose petty catfight turns into a duel to the death. System Requirements:Running Time 288 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: NR UPC: 807839002133 Manufacturer No: TLAB001


"Three of the best of Japan's recent crop, complete with violence, pathos and mayhem. The perfect gift for any Asian film lover!" --Film Monthly

"This is a collection not to miss!"

"Enough blood and mutilation here for horror fans!" --Rue Morque Magazine

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Maho Nonami, Daisuke Kizaki, Eiko Koike, Hideto Takarai, Gackt Camui
  • Directors: Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Takahisa Zeze, Sion Sono
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDFKH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Danger After Dark Collection (Suicide Club/ Moon Child/ 2LDK)" on IMDb

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I'll review in the order I watched the movies. I didn't get the boxed set first. I brought Moon Child here after a recommendation. Let me first say that I love Gackt and Hyde. Their music makes me happy and I think both are beautiful. That was the biggest draw for me: two of my favorite Jrockers in a movie about gangsters and vampires. However, when I watch it, I forget about the stars and focus on the story and characters.

There are a few layers to each of them. Kei is a vampire, yes, but he doesn't act much like one. If you need a Western parallel, think Louis of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. He's tortured by his curse and it hinders many aspects of his life. Sho starts as your typical gangster and continues much in that vein. However, little things change him as the movie continues. I won't say much else in case I spoil this for anyone. Toshi and Shinji are very much the comic relief for most of the film, but they have their dramatic moments as well. Son is pretty no-nonsense, though he has a lighter side. You'll get what I mean. Yi-Che is very quiet and reserved, hardly ever speaking unless she absolutely must and sees no other option. I'm sure someone would bring up a little spoiler here, but I'm referring more to after that.

The story is on of friends, family, bonds, love (not the sort I'm sure you're thinking!), and time's effects on them all. I saw a thread on another site about the homo-erotic undertones in this. Well, there are none unless you want them to be there.

All in all, I personally enjoyed Moon Child. I suggest this if you enjoy Jrock/Jpop, can tolerate vampirism, like some comedy and a dash of action with your drama, and don't mind your fights scenes big, loud, and a bit over-the-top.
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-2LDK was my second favorite of the collection. It's comic, twisted, and entertaining. The only drawback was that its runtime is about an hour... which is alright, a quick film, but it left me wanting more. You get to know the characters, with a little back-story that unfolds, and though it is kept to what is "necessary" to the story, there is a lot more that they could have covered, easily pushing the length... but it's a good one to plug in and just enjoy. The characters, while being completely psychotic, are both lovable and repulsing in aspects. There is also a nice cautionary message to it, so with 2LDK, you're in for a treat.

Moon Child
--This one is the prize at the bottom. Personally, I didn't really like it; I sat through it, and doubt I will again unless it is with friends and we're only half paying attention... Compared to the other films in this set, this is very long; twice the length of 2LDK and it drags... very much. Perhaps, the time that they could have spent expanding 2LDK cosmically transferred itself here, cutting one short and the other much too long. Easily, the story could have been condensed, but we love looking at our pop idols! So I guess that's okay. The story was interesting, but there wasn't too much played on the vampire thing, it was much more of a "family epic" style film about a group of friends... Also, don't let the commercials fool you, there isn't too much action in this one, and I'm pretty sure they used all the scenes in the advertisement... so when I say this is like a family epic, I mean: talking, dialogue, chatter, and a few exciting scenes in-between.
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Of the three movies only 2 are in Anamorphic widescreen as the box and DVD's say. Suicide Club is 4/3 letterboxed widescreen and will not display properly on the widescreen TV without zooming which cuts off parts of the subtitles When printed on the box,in big letters, it says "new anamorphic widesceen transfer" one would expect it to be correct! Wouldn't one?
Addition: TLAreleasing emailed me today, and stated that there was a problem with the disk and has been corrected. Unfortuntantly the new ones are bad too. It wasn't fixed.

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I'm rating this as an overall "bang for your buck" type of thing.

I'll start with Suicide Club.

The movie has got a lot going for it. Great suspense, buildup and twist. It does a good job of bringing a lot of tension in the viewer trying to figure out on their own what is happening, but to me takes a turn into nonsense because of who they are saying is causing these acts. I don't like to spoil for anyone so my words are well-crafted I think. The movie is good up to the point of this ingredient, it then becomes silly. Had they taken a different route it would have been thoroughly enjoyable, but as it is, only about 65% so.

Moon Child.

It's not bad. I think the movie tries to ride on these popstars Hyde and Gackt more than the story itself. Eventhough I like jpop, I know very little of these 2 guys. Take a look at my pic...I think I'm "cuter", lol. So, that said. The story is interesting and has a lot to go for it. It deals with difficult choices individuals have to make and rides on "good and bad" or yin and yang fairly well. Keep that in mind, yin and yang. It's more that than the black and white good and evil. A little bit too low budget. I think if it was kicked up a notch it would have been much better.

Last, I rate 2ldk.

Out of the 3 I believe this is the best. Of the 2 stars, I recognize Eiko Koike. I'm one of those that picks up on details. I recognized her from her voice after this if you haven't yet, go watch Kamikaze Girls. She has a small role in that.

Eventhough the basis of this story is the most outrageous, vampires and suicide clubs aside, it's all about the premise.
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