Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Suicide club / Jisatsu saakuru (Japan, 2002)

54 girls who commit suicide by jumping in front of a train! That is how 'suicide club' (also known as suicide circle and in Japanese Jisatsu saakuru) starts, so if you want to see something happy or without blood don’t turn this film on!

More suicides appear and on the spot where it happened is a sports bag found. In it is something gruesome, something made of human flesh. It should already be clear that is film is very harsh! The police doesn’t have a clue but get a strange phone call which leads to an even stranger website. An investigation starts.
In high school some students found the suicide club, and to honour their name they jump of the roof of a school building. What drives these boys and girls to end their lives?

A rollercoaster ride which will take you to much shocking stuff! But it doesn’t lose itself in cruelty and stays interesting, leaving you with many unanswered questions. The cinematography is very intriguing, especially when there is a scene about a family watching tv and the next moment a little girl is giving her rabbit salad in a strange cage. She closes the cage and the film continues. What can we except from this scene, what is its relevance? It keeps you wondering.

I thought it was a really interesting and totally weird film by director Sion Sono. The music fitted really perfectly as well, the complete opposite of the mood of this film. But once more, I don’t exaggerate when I say it is only for people with a very strong stomach, true horror is shown. It probably is a movie that is society related. Japanese society is know for his high suicide rates and this movie shows a Japanese society that completely lost his mind, kind of an pre-apocalypticalworld. Everybody seems to have lost connection with itself.

‘Now it is time to bid you all a pleasant farewell’