Film / Suicide Club

In Tokyo, 54 schoolgirls leap in front of a subway train. Much hilarity ensues as police officers, school kids, serial killers, and everyone inbetween reacts in their own way, while unraveling the mystery of an internet suicide cult (ironically, this film has gained a cult following since 2002). Directed by Sion Sono.

A prequel/sequel, Noriko's Dinner Table, was released in 2005. A manga by Usamaru Furuya was also released at the same time of the movie's Japanese DVD release.

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Anyone Can Die: Has a huge body count and you have no idea is going to go next.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Genesis, who just really wants some attention.
  • The Coroner: To some extent- while cleaning up a scene of a mass suicide, one of the crew casually states "Here comes an ear," while scraping body parts from the side of a building.
  • Creepy Child: Most of the suicides are by young people, so damn near everyone, but especially the mysterious boy who keeps calling Kuroda.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Genesis strongly resembles the character Genesis from the Final Fantasy VII Compilation, and both resemble Japanese pop/rock singer Gackt (of course, Final Fantasy Genesis didn't appear until four years after Suicide Club)
    • Actually, it can remind people of Frankenfurter. Apparently they later admitted the character was an homage to him.
    • The actor, Rolly Teranishi, is most well known in Japan as a musician from the band Scanch. He kind of looks like that outside of the film, too.
  • Driven to Suicide: The main premise of the film is that people all across Japan are committing suicide at an alarming rate and is deliberately gruesome ways to get attention. The message of the film seems to be getting the authorities and public to open their eyes to the country's high rate of teenage suicides, even if it is disturbingly Played for Laughs half of the time.
  • Expy: Suffice it to say that some people's first reaction upon seeing Genesis was "Holy shit, it's Japanese David Bowie!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: 'Hi there, my name's Genesis. I've had delusions of grandeur since I was a child...'
  • Gratuitous English
  • High-Pressure Blood
  • Idol Singer: The pre-teen idol group Dessert, whose songs and promotional material contain subliminal messages encouraging suicide.
  • Kick the Dog: A villain in the film, Genesis, literally does this.
    • Technically, it was a guinea pig...
  • Kids Are Cruel: A pre-teen pop band uses subliminal messages to get as many people as they can to off themselves.
    • And then subverted to hell in the sequel when it turns out that the original 54 suicides were merely employees sacrificed by the owner of the family rental service to teach a lesson to one of the sequel's protagonists and everyone else in the movie just followed suit because if all the cool kids jumped in front of a train wouldn't you jump too?
  • Large Ham: Genesis and his gang. Also the four women who hang themselves during the suicide montage.
  • Lyrical Dissonance
  • Mind Screw: The movie jumps headfirst into this territory towards the end. The penultimate scene of the film is frustratingly similar to the ending of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series.
  • Red Herring: Genesis
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: There are several scenes of happy, bubbly, J-Pop songs playing over shots of people's gory suicides.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The idol group's name is spelled "Dessert", "Dessart", "Desert", and "Desret". Apparently they're so good at screwing with other people's minds that even their producers don't get them.
  • Suicide Is Painless: As all but two of the hundreds of deaths in this movie are suicides, it's bound to happen at some point. Good examples are a woman intentionally chopping off her own fingers as she prepares a meal, and a comedian stabbing himself in the throat in the middle of a show- both done with smiles on their faces.
  • Verbal Tic: The child who calls Kuroda clears his throat after almost every sentence.
  • Villain Song: In one particularly surreal scene, Genesis suddenly breaks into song, complete with a guitar and his own backup band, while one of his men rapes and murders a woman in the same screen. Almost certainly an intentional subversion, as Genesis ironically turns out to have absolutely nothing to do with the suicides and is merely a random psychopath who REALLY wants the attention.
  • Wham Shot: The opening scene where fifty-four chirpy school girls all throw themselves into the path of an oncoming train.
  • Your Head A-Splode: In the opening scene of the director's cut.