View Full Version : Suicide Circle (2002)

04-06-2003, 05:21 AM

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!


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!

04-06-2003, 06:23 AM
Sounds like just my kinda film, thanks for the review ive been looking for some new asian blood for my collection :)

04-06-2003, 06:30 AM
That looks cooler than fuck!

04-07-2003, 07:41 AM
Fuckin sweet! What region is this disc and where did you order it from? I looked on poker industries and didnt see a listing for it. It looks like a killer flick and I'm on such a huge Asian film high still that this looks quite appealing.

04-07-2003, 06:28 PM
It's probably the boot that is going around on ebay. That is where I got mine. :)


04-23-2003, 12:00 PM
I have had the opprotunity to view this movie a couple times the past few days, and I've been rendered speechless! This is an amazing accomplishment and perhaps the best Japanese thriller I've seen to date. The one thing that's been crossing my mind, there seems to be a similar theme in the Japanese films I've seen in recent memory: Suicide Circle, Battle Royale, Audition, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Ringu, Down the Drain... All dating within the past 10 years or so, its like there's a Japanese Expressionist movement going on. Just like the german films of the 1920's (Nosferatu, Caligari, Faust, etc) what we are seeing is superficial in nature, yet the imagery itself is used to create an emotional response, or even metaphorical in rgeards to Japanese society and culture at large. I can leave that to the scholars, all I can say is I like what I'm seeing and Suicide Circle is one of the best I've seen yet!