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Noriko's Dinner Table

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Brimming with a hip sensibility and a touch of ultra-violence, this provocative Japanese film by young director Sion Sono stunned audiences during its initial theatrical run.
Teenager Noriko Shimabara escapes her tiny provincial town and moves to the big city to find an Internet cult group called There she meets the site s web-master, a young woman named Kumiko, and loses herself in the cult practices of this strange group, which include a unique approach to prostitution and mass suicide. Back home, Noriko s little sister grows increasingly concerned about her sibling and toys with the idea of coming to the city herself.
Told in a fractured style, the film is an extension of Sono s runaway success Suicide Club. Too horrific to be mere drama, and to melodramatic to be horror, Noriko s Dinner Table takes a harsh look at alienated youth in a modern society.

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  • Actors: Ken Mitsuishi, Shiro Namiki, Tsugumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Yuriko Yoshitaka
  • Directors: Sion Sono
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tidepoint Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001570H5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Noriko's Dinner Table" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Sion Sono is a poetic director; his works often mystify, puzzle and bewilder his audiences. One thing no one can deny about this director is that his films are engaging with their uninhibited and visceral themes whether you like them or not. NORIKO'S DINNER TABLE is the long awaited sequel to Suicide Club (aka. Suicide Circle). I know, most folks are probably dreading a sequel to the cult hit, but Sion Sono delivers, well, not exactly in the way you may expect. "Noriko's Dinner Table" is more a companion film to the first film than a solid sequel. Too visceral to be a melodrama, and at the same time too mild to be horror; just what is Sono's intentions with this film. Maybe to deepen its underlying enigma?

A 17-yr. old teenager named Noriko Shimabara (Kazue Fikiishi) leaves her tiny provincial town and moves to Tokyo to find an internet cult group called There she meets up with the site's webmaster; a young pretty woman named Kumiko (Tsugumi) and loses herself in the unusual ways this cult group practices, which includes a very unique approach to prostitution and mass suicide. As Noriko grows closer to her new friends, her sister Yuka (Yuriko Yoshitaka) decides to follow her suit. Now, both sisters must decide if abandoning their old life is worth dying for...

Now, to cut to the chase; is "Noriko's Dinner Table" a better film than "Suicide Club"? Yes and no. Yes, The film is structured in a way as a melodrama would, slowly uncovering its mystery. The film is slow-paced and quite frankly the film really takes its time. Its sense of purpose may equally alienate some viewers as with its predecessor. The events of the film does bring the idea of an organization on a very personal level and it puzzles more than it entertains.
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Thought provoking,
Any one of these words can be used to describe this unforgettable piece of film.
The sequel to "Suicide Club", while not even remotely as graphic,
actually manages to outdo it's predecessor in every other regard;
plot, character development, tension, atmosphere, settings, and all around humanity.
This movie does skip around quite a bit more though,
but not so much that it becomes distracting.
And unlike the original, the conclusion of this flick won't leave you scratching your head.
You'll definitely be discussing it, but not out of confusion.
To say the least, Sion Sono is quickly becoming the best horror director to emerge from Japan in recent years.

In this sequel of sorts, we get a closer view into the mysterious Suicide Circle.
We learn more of its convoluted philosophies,
and meet a few more members, specifically Ueno Station 54.
The film follows her history, as well as the members of one particular family,
A tragic-hero of a father, and his 2 runaway daughters,
who inadvertently stumble upon a unique division of the Suicide Club.
The mass suicides of the last film,
(62 high school girls simultaneously jumping in front of a subway car, etc.)
left a lot of families with holes in their lives.
This division of the club temporarily fills those holes, but for a fee.
Essentially you can rent 1 or multiple family members for a limited time,
and do to them anything you would regularly do to your normal family.
Naturally this leads to some pretty bizarre scenes.

With each passing film, I get closer and closer to believing that Sion Sono is the premier Japanese horror director to watch.
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To be honest I bought this movie for one reason, the cover had a girl standing next to a wall covered in blood. Simple as that. If you are like me and also buying this movie because of the cover, I'd recommended rethinking your choice. This cover is nothing more then a fantastic exploitation cover.

This film is amazing, it is not a horror movie at all, and it's not even that bloody in the strictest sense. There are only two scenes with blood and if you've seen any Japanese movie you'll know that mean a lot of it. But the film isn't about the body count as in Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's Edition) or Ichi the Killer (Unrated Edition) it's about the disconnection of family. And what people will do to have that connection again.

Without giving away one of the oddest parts of the film I'll only say. The core of the film is about the family. And what makes the family unit. Is it the blood connection or emotional bonds between the family members?

This being so, this film is long 2 and half hours long but complete captivating. It feels like an audio book with visuals at some points, with relentless dialogs and images always flashing and happening. I find myself so absorbed in the scenes and characters and not waiting for the next action scene to come. Which never really comes anyways, so, luckily I wasn't waiting for it or I'd be one disappointed person.

Either way this film isn't for everyone.
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