Foreign Movie Project Name: Jenn Mason
Title, year and country: Jisatsu Saakuru (Suicide Club), 2002, Japan
Director: Shion Sono
Awards Won: Jury Prize "Most Ground-breaking Film" (www.imdb.com)
Describe the characters, the main conflict, and its resolution:
There were no real main characters. When you thought someone was a main character they would suddenly kill themselves. I guess the main conflict was the media brainwashing the youth into thinking that either they're worth a damn or they're better off dead. The resolution was that no one was worth a penny ass shit so they all blew their heads off, o.d.'d, slit their wrists, hung themselves or my personal favorite, jumping in front of trains or off buildings. The resolution was to kill yourself.
Give an example of a powerful camera shot.
Personally I loved the shot when the girls head burst into flames after getting run over by a train. Or the shot where the little girl watches her mom chopping her hand and wrist to shreds. Another favorite was when all the kids were chillin at school and 30+ kids jumped off the school and splattered their guts all over the window. It was endearing to see they were all holding hands.
Give an example of a camera angle and its effect:
I loved the high angle shot of some girls who were clearly BFF's feet when they hung themselves together. When you don't want to go alone, bring friends! It proved to me that they did everything together. All the way to the end!
Give an example of a place where music is used effectively:
My ultimate favorite part was the beginning when the girls were jumping into a moving subway laughing and giggling and the music in the background sounds like a happy DDR es que song. It made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. I was thinking about going to the closest subway and listen to the song over and over again! Or the twelve year old girls pop group that subliminally singing songs of suicide and how worthless you are and how your better off dead. I would buy their cd!
Give an example of a place where sound (not music) is used effectively:
Well personally my favorite sound effect was when they scraped an ear off the side of the school after all the kids jumped and it made a pleasant squishish sound. It really made the sound believable. It brought the suicide right into my livingroom!
What kind of colors are used? Why?
The color red is used quite often. Blood red that is. How else to portray the beauty of suicide without gallons of blood everywhere. Why not have a pool of blood after a massive genocide of ourselves!
Give an example of a scene where the editing is intense:
Well the first scene when 54 school girls jump in front of the subway the extreme close-ups from limb to limb was intense. All the chaos and anarchy of the on-lookers. Each blood stained face to the next. It was intense alright. An epileptics nightmare to be precise!
Give an example of a scene where lighting is used to create a mood:
Oh, oh, oh! I have a perfect scene for this. A dad comes home to find his whole family has killed themselves. It is dark. All you see is his face and the words (in japanese) "Track 8: Jump Here" written in blood on the wall behind him. It really showed the true him. Especially when moments later he put a bullet through his head. It really showed the audience how close he was to his family. He didn't want them to be in the afterlife without him. I can't believe they didn't just wait till he got home.
What kind of costume do the actors wear? Why?
Typical Japanese styles with blood stains. It's hard to shoot a scene where someone is blowing their brains out without getting a little messy!
If there are special effects, are they effective?
Blood, Blood, Blood. Everywhere! Very effective it showed how bloody suicide can be. It sure made me realize to put towels down before I kill myself!
What point does the film seem to be making (theme)?
Well, if you decide to kill yourself, do it with friends, it's twice as much fun! If you feel like your life is meaningless and your existence is less than futile, then it probably is. If you think that you would be better off dead, then you probably are.
What is your recommendation for this film?
I highly recommend this film for everyone. It tells a strong message, that you don't deserve the life that you're living and you should just end it now before you do something you'll regret. Don't think of you friends and family because they are also worthless and they should learn from your example. If you can't make a connection to yourself, than you don't realize how great your life is, thus making you a complete waste of a human.
How does this film compare to American-made films?
I don't think that an American is smart enough to make a movie this fucked up.
Post if I will get an 'A' passing this in!