Last night I watched Suicide Circle (aka “Suicide club” in the West). A rather disturbing, gory film, that provides, I would say, one of the best commentaries on contemporary society and culture in Japan and to some extent, other countries around the world. It deals with alienation, the effects of pop culture, fads, subliminal messages, and so much more.
I’ve seen many people complain it’s “incoherent, has no plot, doesn’t make sense” but I guess that’s the kind of people who expect to see your typical horror film with a lot of severed limbs inbetween to make them scream. This is NOT a horror film, however horrendous some scenes may be. It does not try to shock you for the sake of it, and everything is there for a reason. A happy, positive j-pop soundtrack is juxtaposed with gory scenes of suicide, which make them all the more disturbing, and all the meaning lies in the lyrics. EVERYTHING is there for a reason. Really, it’s incredibly conceived and good food for thought and discussion.
I have to admit some scenes were so extremely gory that I had to look away, but I really need to rewatch it and also the sequel, Noriko no shokutaku, in which many things are explained further. There is also going to be a third film in the series!
The soundtrack is excellent and a bit rare, so here it is.
Suicide Club OST