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Suicide Club - Film Review

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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published August 19th 2012
And a one, and a two, and a three
…. only in Japan.

After a string of fifty-four students, throw themselves at a train in an underground Japanese subway, this shocking incident soon results in two leading detectives to launch an investigation. As they dwell further, these two detectives soon find themselves uncovering much more than they bargained for.

As you may know there is an extensive array of messed up cinema being made for those with a taste for eastern eye, many of which have gained massive cult followings. Suicide Club, when being compared to the likes of Horny House Of Horror, and Robogeisha, may appear to be nothing more than a generic gut slasher, riding along with the trending crazy coattails. However this film has something more, you know…intelligence.

Although far from perfect, Suicide Club never fails to be refreshingly original, or at least entertaining. Aside from it's jaw dropping opening sequence, undoubtedly the film's most obvious strength, is the masterful use of eerie and often disturbing imagery. The unnerving visuals that Suicide Club presents to us, are often similar to the works of Ringu, and other infamous features alike; in which Japanese horror often remains uniquely unmatched. Besides the talented direction, and somewhat comical acting, what also keeps this film going strong is its delicious blend of horror, with hilarious cultural satire. The most noticeable example of this, is how gleefully willing some of the characters are to the idea of suicide, almost as if mirroring some sort of quirky Asian game show.

The theme of suicide, regardless that it's not dealt with the greatest of sensitivity, is neither in use by this film for the sake of pure exploitation. Intelligently avoiding the two previously mentioned portrayals, Suicide Club uses its topic more as a basis for great mystery, and intrigue.

Despite on occasion appearing to be coherently messy, and at times a little lost, this is still darkly twisted fun, that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Suicide Club will have you wondering in bedazzlement, as to what the hell you're actually watching, and what on earth could happen next.

For those who are true gore hounds, fans of crazy Asian cinema, or if you're looking to try something a little different, Suicide Club is definitely worth your time.


OFLC (Office of Film and Literature Classification) rating:

You can also purchase the DVD at Madman Entertainment, JBHIFI and Amazon

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Why? For those who enjoy horror and eastern eye
Where: DVD
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