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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Sion Sono ’s largely unfathomable, but creepy look at suicide cults within Japanese youth culture is chock-a-block with arresting images, but so full of holes in execution and intellectual grounding that you can perforate the thing in any direction. The opening holds promise as 50 teen girls suicide by jumping in front of a train while teeny Pop fills the soundtrack. Soon, scores of kids join the fad & the cops haven’t a clue. Neither will you, which becomes tiresome as Sono posits philosophical trimmings, Internet junkies, Glam Rock and every modern tick as a likely cause. It never does add up and we’re left with the thought that everybody just wanted to escape that bleating adolescent girl group on the damn soundtrack. You may too. Don't jump, just turn off the DVD.

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