Suicide Club - review and discussion

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Um...er...uh...okay. Anyone seen Suicide Club?

    Ostensibly it's a horror film that critiques fads, consumerism and disaffected Japanese youth. The film starts off well when 54 cheerful high school girls jump in front of an oncoming commuter train, much to the blood-splattered surprise of any onlookers unlucky enough to be too close. At the same time, two nurses working the night shift at a hospital calmly leap from a fifth story window to their deaths. A white duffel bag is found at both sites and their contents are rather gruesome: rolls of stitched-together human skin. So what does that mean? The cops aren't sure, but there's definitely something screwy going on. Before long, they're up to their necks in more suicides.

    So who's behind the suicides? Is it the teen pop group Dessert? The glam rock guy, who resides with his lackeys in a bowling alley amidst trussed-up-in-sheets captives? There are two mysterious characters who interact with the police. There's "Batgirl," who informs the cops of a mysterious website that posts a dot for each suicide before it happens. There's the weird kid who tries to convince the detectives on the case that there is no Suicide Club and asks philosophical questions like "Do you have a connection to yourself?" And what's with the ghosts? (Later in the film, in an unnecessary scene, the hospital security guard is confronted by the shades of the two nurses - this sequence leads nowhere and we don't see the guard again.)

    Now Suicide Club could have been a good movie, but director Sion Sono seems hellbent on making it as strange as possible. After a strong first hour, it just gets too surreal for its own good. Seriously, David Lynch would get a headache.

    The issues tackled in the film are targets worth shooting at and the material should have been affecting. Unfortunately the bizarre goings-on eventually prove too distracting and confusing.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm all for unique and original visions - but there's a lot to be said for simple coherence of structure and plot. Lack of such seems to be endemic in Japanese horror lately (witness the nonsensical storyline in Ringu). Is this what passes for creativity these days?

    Because Suicide Club is watchable (though you may be looking at the clock during the second half), I'll give it [​IMG] [​IMG] out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Chris_Richard

    Chris_Richard Supporting Actor

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    I watched this a couple of weeks ago and had the exact same reaction that you did. I did enjoy the excess blood during the suicide scenes. I had to stop the disc I was laughing so much.

    Other than that this film makes no sense. People are introduced for not reason, scenes go nowhere, and by the end I was ready for it to end.

    I think I gave it a C+. It might be worth a rental for fans of the genre and it is very stylish but by the end it has become such a mess that you forget that it started out to be about teen suicides.
     
  3. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

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    The first rule of Suicide Club is - you do not talk about Suicide Club.
     
  4. ChrisBEA

    ChrisBEA Screenwriter

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    That's good COlin [​IMG]

    I actually really enjoyed it. I love bizarre stuff that lacks a lot of coherence. I give it [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    I also think the first hour is pretty enjoyable...but it goes way off the deep end in Act III.

    Lotsa fun gore though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Adam_S

    Adam_S Producer

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    same reaction as the first two posters. overall I was disapointed in the film, one for those that love the genre, but that's about it.

    Adam
     
  7. Cassy_w

    Cassy_w Second Unit

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    A great start, but it really goes off the deep end and loses it in the last act. Nothing is explained. A blown opportunity.
     

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