A wave of unexplainable suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves from a subway platform into an oncoming train. Are the jumpers part of a cult? What is the connection to the website that chronicles suicides…before they happen? And, what is the connection to the Japanese all-girl pop group “Desert?” Suicide Club is a stylish, bizarre thriller that examines pop culture and disaffected youth. –amazon
Sion Sono (園 子温 Sono Shion, born 1961) is a controversial filmmaker and poet. He was born in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan and is best known for his movies and avant-garde poetry performances.
After receiving a fellowship with the PIA, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha Toiki), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred himself. A coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, Bicycle Sighs settled Sono as a director with great box office success in Japan, and for nearly two years was played over 30 film festivals around Europe and Asia. In 1992, Sono’s second feature film The Room (Heya), also written by himself, a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district, participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. The Room also toured on 49 festivals worldwide, including the Berlin Film Festival and… read more
Damn. This is frustrating. I thought this movie was great and they were doing really cool, interesting things and I was totally digging it... until the last 15 minutes when they decided to shit all over everything.
People can bitch all they want about how pretentious this film can be. At first glance, it does seem over-ambiguous to a fault, but after some research on japanese culture and shintoism, and being… read review
There’s no denying that the film was interesting with a great sense of mystery and horror, but Sono misses the boat…again. The only thing holding our attention to the film is It’s well executed disturbing… read review