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Suicide Club Reviews

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April 1, 2018
Although gruesome, it has a powerful message. It`s own kitsch perfectly envelops it's sober message about Japan`s (and our) culture. Not a perfect movie by any means, but don't be fooled by the seemingly meaningless shock.
½ March 16, 2018
After a stunning beginning, this Japanese horror film never really makes much sense.
½ September 8, 2017
One of the most talked about parts in this movie is the unforgettable train scene that "Final Destination 3" wishes it could have surpassed. You can't even imagine the outcome before it's displayed on screen, and might I add, done sickly well.

Now after the best scene in the film is cleared, the rest of it becomes something of an enigma. Nothing psychological, but horribly ethical in a way that society throws us off wondering who we are and what our place is in this world they only control. You'll find yourself questioning the reasons behind the self-inflicted deaths which I must say every suicide scene was a deadly delight and well choreographed by Yoshihiro Nishimura who is well known in Japan in that gory department for his work in "The Machine Girl", "Tokyo Gore Police" and whatever bloody idea he gave for his "Mutant Girls Squad".

The performances from the cast including Ryo Ishibashi are just as natural as in any fairly acted movie, but Rolly Teranishi (a Japanese musician and music producer who played Muneo "Genesis" Suzuki) played his role provocatively appealing and could benefit from ones attention.
½ July 27, 2017
Social isolation prominently features in Japanese art. Now, enhance it with the internet and a will to copy the latest trend. Throw in a family destroyed in a spectacular fashion. Stir, serve.
½ July 17, 2017
Starts intriguing and full of promise and near the end branches out into a jumble of confusing story lines. The first half is an engrossing and unpredictable story of suicide and the second half, well, like and bizarre and surreal music video that teaches us to be more connected to our feelings and others?? Still Suicide Club offers an undeniable atmosphere of unease and mystery and a satisfying serving of surreal gore.
½ August 31, 2016
The opening scene is enough to make you cringe throughout the entire film.
December 28, 2015
the only reason i watched this film was because the director is the same director from "Strange Circus" which i loved. the opening scenes are probably the best out of the whole movie and the story is profound, which i love, but overall this movie didn't really do anything for me.
½ December 16, 2015
A little too muddled effort from Sion Sono. As crazy and weird as Suicide Club is, it doesn't really have the crazy town energy of Sono's later efforts - except for that musical bowling alley scene. The screenplay doesn't seem sharp enough, it ends up getting bogged down by its plot.
½ October 28, 2015
A strange, stylized horror tale told through a detective story. There are way more questions than answers, but that's part of what makes Suicide Club so engaging. [B]
August 27, 2015
I really love Japanese cinema and how dark/grim it is. I've got my hands on many of Sion Sono's movie and this was the first I've seen. The story is about suicides and the detectives trying to find out what/who is causing them. It starts of really disturbing and it never loses that tone. It's disturbing and violent non-stop. I loved that. I love movies which aren't horror, but still manage to disturb and scare you. The story gets very confusing as you reach the end and I even needed to Google the ending to understand it. The acting is excellent, and even the kid actors are good, which is very suprising! The characters are interesting and unpredictable, as is the movie. There were many scenes where I was very suprised by the conclusion. The violence/gore effects are mediocre. You can tell it's fake blood, especially when there are blood splatter effects on windows, walls and such other items. The soundtrack is amazing! It's very dramatic, though the pop music segments were kind of distracting, but it all pays off in the end when everything comes together. All in all, a great thriller with lots of unpredictable moments, a great soundtrack, characters and acting, but could be confusing to some and the blood effects aren't the best. I would recommend checking it out for how unusual and disturbing this movie is!
July 27, 2015
A highly atmospheric film, reminiscent at times of Kubrick's "The Shining." Genuinely frightening. Then, the film seems to morph into a kind of baroque morality tale, which is fine, but obscure. I am not sure I understand the "morality," although the mortality is obvious enough. The gore, like in much of Takashi Miike's work, is pushed beyond any conventional representation into the symbolic. The phone call between the detective (Ryo Ishibashi, a kind of Everyman) and the boy who clears his throat after every sentence, that conversation is the "heart" of the film, if it has a heart, and its moment is eloquent. "What is your connection to yourself?" she asks. The film is, like "Audition" and "The Grudge," and possibly "The Ring," about the eternal return of pain and suffering in a way. How do we address our almost giddy dehumanization that takes place on the most banal level (in the guise of a children's pop music group, "Dessert," for instance)?
May 21, 2015
Poor acting, with average horror scenes finishing with a bizarre ending
May 16, 2015
I liked it, but I feel like I need to see Noriko's Dinner Table before I can maybe fully understand it. I appreciate that there was a sense of humor to it and that the effects were low budget enough that it didn't veer into a truly horrific direction.
May 13, 2015
As an early work by Sion Sono, it has flaws and they're very clear. The film won't conclude itself and will leave questions that remain unanswered, but filled with mistery, suspense and the Sono's characteristic gore, Suicide Club is amongst japanese cult films and enjoyable to anyone who can see beyond the tabboo barrier of suicide, leaving a nice message behind to think about.
March 22, 2015
Very interesting character study with a fairly convoluted and confusing ending, I still enjoyed it though.
½ March 7, 2015
I didn't know much about the movie, except that it was considered a cult classic. But it was much more than that, it was such a weird and extremely interesting movie, that after doing some research, had a very impactful and rich meaning that tried to convey in a very odd and twisted way. But nonetheless, it's one of those movies that truly tries to mess with you, with what may seem a lot of random stuff, that eventually comes full circle when you least expect it.
~March 7, 2015~
November 1, 2014
Hilarious black comedy that gives you that all-to-rare feeling of watching a truly singular, uncompromised original vision. It's not perfect (e.g., The Bat seems really promising and cool and then just suddenly becomes irrelevant to the plot and disappears) but it is entertainingly bizarre in ways that reminded me of Lynch; not necessarily stylistically, but just in that exciting confidence of ideas.
½ September 12, 2014
You'll either love it, or you'll hate it [depending if you can stomach it, that is] there's no in between. Don't go in expecting traditional formula, there's nothing reassuring or feel-good here despite it being darkly funny and relentlessly gripping.
June 27, 2014
Sounds really interesting
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