Suicide Club (2001) (DVD Review)
Director: Sion Sono
Where to get it: Danger After Dark
54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train. This appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn’t as simple as one could hope. Over the years this movie has gotten a lot of hype from people in the reviewing world and now having seen it for myself I can see why that is the case.
My Goodness! That was pretty much all I could say after seeing this strange movie for the first time. And I would bet that would be the reaction to most who watch this film. I’m not sure I can tell you what is going on all of the time in this movie, but what I saw I did enjoy a great deal. And the parts of the movie that did make sense were very creative, bloody, and one hell of a trip. Suicide is a hell of an issue to cover and in this case it is a very eerie plot that truly does venture into that issue. If nothing else it will keep you guessing until the very end and even then you might be a little lost on some of what you saw, but you will still enjoy it if you like the weirder side of cinema.
When a movie kicks off with a mass suicide of 54 people you know you are in for a hell of an experience and I believe that is what Suicide Club is, it’s an experience. It is a well-crafted and very strange experience from a director that I didn’t know of before, but I am well aware of now. This movie has been around for a while and I just got to it. If you are also late to the party on this one I’d suggest you hop on the Suicide Club bandwagon now. This is one of the more creative and weirdest films I’ve seen in a long time. And still this also one of the better films to come from Japan in the 2000s.
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