Monday, April 20, 2009

Suicide Circle (Jisatsu Saakuru)

See my last post. The fundamental conceit here is the opening scene when a group of 50+ Japanese school children hold hands on the platform at Shinjuku railway station before leaping in front of a passing train. Everything else after that is essentially padding.

Perhaps cleverly (and even more so than M. Night Shyamalan in The Happening) Sion Sono has decided that this disturbing scenario can be explored without the need for settling on a definitive explanation.

The idea that the urge to end it all can be triggered by everyday consumer technology products would seem to have been borrowed from an early episode of The X Files, yet is highly appropriate within a movie which is attempting to rub salt on several raw and exposed parts of the Japanese psyche.

I'm sure the natives found this a bit less of a muddle than I did.

Grade: B

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