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Suicide Club (Suicide Circle)

Ryo Ishibashi , Akaji Maro , Sion Sono  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro, Masatoshi Nagase, Saya Hagiwara, Hideo Sako
  • Directors: Sion Sono
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CC885
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Suicide Club (Suicide Circle)" on IMDb

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Jury Winner of Most Ground-Breaking Film Award --2003 Fantasia Film Festival

Exceptionally unique! --Rue Morgue

A fun and wild ride..has moments of extremely dark comedic undertones as well as sheer horror and terror. --Monsters at Play

Exceptionally unique! --Rue Morgue

A fun and wild ride..has moments of extremely dark comedic undertones as well as sheer horror and terror. --Monsters at Play

Product Description

A wave of unexplainable suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves from a subway platform into an oncoming train. Detective Kuroda (Audition's Ryo Ishibashi) and the rest of the police force are baffled as the bloodbath triggers a wave of suicides across the city. When a cryptic phone call tips off police to a strange website that appears to be tracking the suicides before they happen, the question becomes, are they really suicides at all? This outrageously bizarre, wicked social critique in the form of a creepy and enigmatic detective mystery examines the despair of the disaffected Japanese youth and the influence of pop culture on their lives. From international film festival favorite to cult sensation, Suicide Club is a study of contemporary morality that is gruesome, darkly comic and vividly original.

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre December 30, 2004
Format:DVD
What do bags containing wheels of human skin, a computer hacker referred to as "The Bat," a serial killer named Genesis with a penchant for breaking into song, a girl band named Dessert, a hit song called "Mail Me," baby chicks, and a kid who clears his throat constantly during cryptic phone calls all have in common? Why, they all appear in Shion Sono's incredibly disturbing and impenetrable film "Suicide Club." I'm not the only person who adores these offbeat Japanese horror films: Hollywood loves them so much that studios are scrambling over themselves in a mad dash to buy up remake rights. I'm not so sure, however, that anyone in Tinseltown will knock themselves out trying to bring a new version of Sono's film to American screens. A scary ghost story about a haunted videotape has an appeal to audiences on these shores; a tale about kids taking their own lives in heinous ways as a result of the evils of mass consumerism doesn't. Can you imagine a corporation trying to figure out a way to place their products in a film showing children jumping off the roof of their school? I sure can't. I think it is safe to say that "Suicide Club" will remain a singular effort for some time.

Sono's film begins with what is probably one of the most memorable opening sequences in a modern horror film. A group of fifty-four Japanese schoolgirls--wearing those instantly recognizable uniforms--queue up at the edge of a subway track, join hands, and dive in front of a moving train. Oh man, what a mess that makes! The cops, led by Detective Kuroda (Ryo Ishibashi) launch an immediate investigation. Their query takes on decidedly ominous overtones when a white bag left at the scene is found to contain a wheel of stitched together human flesh. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To repair the connection to oneself...or to sever it? October 9, 2005
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In the brash and ghastly opening scene of Jisatsu Curabu (Suicide Club), fifty-four students from eighteen different high schools join hands, step up to the edge of the platform at Shinjuku Station, and jump in front of an oncoming train. The splatter of blood against the train windows and spray of blood on screaming and horrified onlookers, and blood pouring onto the platform, as well as the chaos at the station sets the stage for this drama on how living in an industrial metropolis like Tokyo robs people of their connection to themselves.

Officer Kuroda, a fifty-ish family man with two children, Sakura and Toru, is in charge of the case. At first, the majority of his fellow officers, like the bald Murata think it's too much TV. A cult perhaps? However, a call from a woman calling herself Koumori (the Bat) reveals something odd and sinister. Koumori refers Shibu to a website that shows a row of red dots (representing women) and white dots (men), and that 54 red dots appeared on the site, and also before the suicides were reported! To add to the sordidness, a roll of ten centimeter strips of skin stitched together is found in a white sports bag at the train platform. Some belong to the dead students, many whose remains body parts are a horrid bloody collage of legs, and uniforms on the autopsy table. Things are complicated further when another caller says assuredly, that there is no suicide club!

Murata's point that it's too much TV points to how impressionable teens are and how fads come and go quickly. Two days after the suicides, a group of high schoolers join hands and jump off the roof. Once someone says "Let's all kill ourselves," and everyone goes "Yeah!" it's sad how jaded they seem to be, little realizing that they'll never see each other again.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Suicide Club opens with 54 Japanese school girls jumping off a subway platform in front of an oncoming train and just gets better from there. As a horror fan, I loved this movie for it's disturbing violence and genuine creepiness, but the social commentary and philosophy behind it is equally effective.

The opening scene was mindblowing for obvious reasons. But what made the movie even better after that was seeing how this effected the rest of society. If this actually happened, it would probably have an intense effect on everyone in the culture, in ways such as what we see here: it begins a wave of suicides across Tokyo.

At the heart of the story is a group of very young children, who make mysterious phone calls to the police, and ask questions with philosophical ramifications which would seem far beyond the comprehension of their tender years. While this seems ridiculous, I believe this group is shown as children because they represent truth and purity. If they had been adults, they would immediately appear to be sinister, and I don't feel that they were. While they seem connected to the suicides, it becomes clear that this is, in no way, their intention. The theme they present is that of being "connected to yourself" and "connected to everyone else." It is difficult for some people to maintain one connection without severing the other. How do I assert my individuality without alienating myself from my family, and from society? How do I take care of everyone around me without conforming to the will of the group? These are some of the issues the characters in this film are struggling with.

There is a scene later on that asks the age old parent-to-teenager question, "If all your friends jumped off a building, would you do it, too?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Movie
Its one of the best foreign movies I've ever seen and one of the best ever made, the 2nd one is awesome too i recommend everyone watch them
Published 1 month ago by Brian Moudy
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not what I thought it was.
I thought it was along the ghostly storylines of Whispering Corridors but in reality it is a revenge movie that hurts animals in its storyline. I don't like that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LeCats06
4.0 out of 5 stars The weakest of Sion Sono's films, but still quite astounding
Suicide Club (or as some would prefer to call it, Suicide Circle) is the kind of film that somehow manages to do something unthinkable, and manages to outdo just about every... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a couple watchings, get past any gore, and it's even better
I've seen this three times, and I was finally able to piece together my analysis of what Sion's message was; it's multi-layered, and not as simple as some have written on the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Rash
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd
It has very good photography and feel, but it's a bit hard to follow. It seems to try to have a moral message, but it doesnt deliver very well, so the ending leaves you drawing a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John T
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to watch it again.
I wish I did speak either Korean or Japanese. this trusting translators is getting to me. This starts creating a great story, but then seems to take a sharp turn. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard Ranta
1.0 out of 5 stars Christians beware: This film has DEMON SPIRITS in it
I watched this film after reading a review about it on YAHOO. After viewing it I have to say although it is an unorthodox, weird film, Its the kind of film that has philosophies so... Read more
Published 17 months ago by READ THIS
3.0 out of 5 stars More plot holes than a Dan Brown novel ~
(I will probably refer to this film as Suicide Circle, since that is the proper name of the film, and the circle reference is key to this film and the subsequent film and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christopher Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Bizarre movie, in a good way. Unique look at a taboo subject like suicide and popular culture. Definitely worth a watch.
Published 18 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars It made me think.
This was a good movie, it was incredibly bloody, and a little (or a lot) over my head at points, but overall it had impact. Read more
Published 19 months ago by 7fragment
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