Sion Sono’s “Suicide Circle” takes an unflinching look into the dark world of Tokyo’s forgotten youth, the need for acceptance and the popularity of following “the new fad”. Our story begins on May 26th, 54 schoolgirls make their way into a downtown subway, grasp hands and jump into the path of a high speed train. The result is a horrific scene of carnage, bodies explode and a hurricane of blood soaks the nearby commuters as they wait for their train. The final shot at the subway is a white gym bag, soaking in the remains of the 54 schoolgirls. That same day, a second report of suicide comes in, along with the discovery of white gym bag by police… Police are baffled; the deaths have no motive and no link to explain why these girls took their own lives. How do you prevent something that has no origin? The recovered white gym bag is opened, leaving the police to discover a horrific sight. (I won’t give this away) This discovery only adds to their confusion, adding a grime feeling among the detectives. Over the next couple of days, reports of more suicides appear, but it is no longer just young school girls, many seem to be following this “fad” for unexplained reasons. Making matters worse, no white gym bags are found… A second clue is a mysterious website which seems to offer no information; just dots (white and red) which police seem to have no understanding to its importance. With mass hysteria, families gather together to eat dinner, watching the latest video by “Dessert”, a teenybopper band that they kids just love. For parents, it a grateful moment to have such a way to bond with their children – which unfortunately leads to greater problems… Who is behind this? What are the motives? Could these suicides have been prevents? Suicide Circle leads the viewer into slow building tension much greater than “The Ring” and “Audition” ever achieved. I was on the top of my sit during 60 percent of this movie only to be rewarded by a surprisingly original ending. I can’t explain how much I enjoyed this movie! Audio/Video: Widescreen presentation looks clear and audio is 2.0 Dolby Digital. Colors are washed out, but I feel this adds to the grime storyline. The audio does its job, nothing amazing, but gets you through the story. Overall, a decent disc. Should you buy this movie, I think so. Terribly original, I’ve found that most people I show this film to enjoy the social commentary, even if they do not like gore in films. As for horror fans? They will get more that enough carnage to keep them interested throughout the entire film. Hell, you might even learn something about yourself and society as a whole. Don’t pass this movie up!