Suicide Club (2001)
Sion Sono is my favorite director. I have not covered his movies yet because I don’t feel like I will do a good job. Even though I have made writing my living, I don’t feel like I will ever use the right words when speaking of this film, or any of his others. That said, I guess I have to try.
54 school girls join hands and jump in front of an on-coming train. From that point, more and more suicides occur throughout Tokyo and are connected to a website that shows each death as a colored circle. Rolls of rectangular skin pieces sewn together are dropped off at various suicide scenes, each piece thought to be from a suicide victim. A cult is thought to be behind the rash of deaths. One girl is almost killed by a friend as he plummets to his death from a building. She follows clues from a music icon group called Dessart and is kidnapped by another group claiming responsibility for the Suicide Club. Eventually she meets with a group of small children who ask her if she is one with herself. Satisfied with her answer, they lead her away. A piece of her skin is found in another roll, and as the police try to stop her from jumping in front of a train, she simply pulls away from them, boards the train, and leaves.
Each Sono film takes this idea and places it inside a little box, then surrounds the idea with the most absurd and graphic content imaginable. He takes the farthest extremes to explain the smallest of ideas. This type of storytelling will resonate with some and alienate others. If you view this film as a horror movie and nothing more, then there will be intense disappointment in your future. If you catch a glimpse below the surface and start peeling back layers, I believe you are in for a treat that you won’t forget.
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