Suicide Club Reviews
Director Shion Sono (Noriko's Dinner Table) writes and directs a piece of bleeding art starring Ryo Ishibashi (The Grudge, Audition) about an inner war that plagues today's youth into committing unprecedented suicides.
Synopsis: Detective Toshiharu Kuroda (Ishibashi) is on a wild goose chase attempting to find who or what is making young teens commit suicide for no apparent reason. When he receives multiple anonymous phone calls pertaining to the self-inflicted deaths, he recognizes that what was more important is what he should have been giving extra attention to in the first place.
One of the most talked about parts in this movie is the unforgettable train scene that "Final Destination 3" wishes it could have surpassed. Just moments before the movie begins, a group of girls line up and throw themselves into the empty tracks of an oncoming train; 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's he has up his sleeve for his upcoming "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.
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~
Due to its shocking presentation of an extremely sensitive subject matter, this is not a film for the light-hearted. To be able to appreciate this movie properly you will also need to be extremely open-minded as it leaves a lot to interpretation and requires a lot of reading between the lines.
That being said, this movie manages to successfully combine several different genres, an attempt they many movies try, yet few succeed in.
The story is incredible, (though very cryptic.) The characters are realistic and relatable, and the social commentary is as both bizarre as it is modern.
(I would write more, but I feel this is already too long.... I'll post a full review on my tumblr) Great movie, highly recommend.