The Suicide Manual (2003)





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After the group suicide of four people, journalists Yuu and Rie investigate the reasons behind an endless cycle of suicides, blamed on an infamous Suicide Manual, hidden in a tag-less DVD disk. Said manual is shot in an infomercial fashion, with examples of the best methods to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. When investigating further, Yuu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person kills himself, he or she is sent to a certain hell, from which they induce other people to commit suicide. But is this what is really happening?
Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
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The film's main failure is that it has no real point of interest. No character is fleshed out enough for us to care, and the events are in full flow as soon as the film gets started. This is a serious attempt to tackle the increasing numbers of suicide in Japan. However, its supernatural and creepy atmosphere puts it far from being taken seriously. The film is also very insular, keeping the focus on a pair of journalists that rarely seem excited to be a part of such a bizarre series of events. Other bits of the film are just filled with "How to kill yourself" segments.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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Very uneven story. It kinda goes up and down. It's interesting, then boring, then interesting and now it's boring again. I will give it credit for their portrayal of suicide. They don't sugar coat it or make it seem desirable (like the book did), it's told in a very cold and frank manner. I can't quite recommend this, but it isn't awful.

Whitey DeLuca
Whitey DeLuca

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