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Japan, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Regional Focus)

Director: Sono Sion

"Watching Suicide Club is a special experience indeed. What to think of an opening sequence in which 54 uniformed schoolgirls commit simultaneous suicide in front of a train at Shinjuku station. Thinking there might be a lot more behind this event, the police move in to investigate. As the bodies start piling up, so do the clues and the investigation centers in on a mysterious website where the suicides are announced before they happen. With its combination of shocks and earnest intentions, this Rotterdam Film Festival selection could have followed in the footsteps of Audition (MIFF 2000) as a film to appeal to critics and cult fans alike." - Midnight Eye

Japanese people are increasingly losing their identity, social bonds and tight family structure. People lose their lust for life and happiness. This film wants to examine suicide honestly and without prejudice." - Sono Sion

Sono Sion is a guest of the Festival

Sono Sion (born in Aichi, Japan, 1960) is a poet and director. Two festival prize-winning Super-8 films made as a student enabled his debut feature Jitensha Toiki (1990), screened at the Berlin Forum (1991). He made The Room in 1993. Suicide Club is his third film.

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