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The Suicide Manual (2003)

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"After the group suicide of four people, journalists Yuu and Rie investigate the reasons behind an endless cycle of suicides, blamed on an infamous Suicide Manual, hidden in a tag-less DVD disk. Said manual is shot in an infomercial fashion, with examples of the best methods to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. When investigating further, Yuu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person kills himself, he or she is sent to a certain hell, from which they induce other people to commit suicide. But is this what is really happening?"


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Review Date: 13 December 2005 My Rating: out of 5

 

This latest low budget Asian horror sees a TV cameraman and his assistant track down the maker of a suicide manual in DVD form, which has seen a rise in the number of teen suicides.

The pair learn that the DVD has spawned a cult of followers and they soon become obsessed by the manual's presenter, Rickie.

What follows is a bland and strangely acted film with some poor CGI and effects work and an equally poor and utterly redundant score.

The film had a decent enough premise as the filmmakers set out to explore a current phenomenon and managed to blend it with new technology. The film failed to sustain my interest however, as it moved far too slowly and the effects sequences were so obviously CGI that they had no impact whatsoever.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Not the worst Asian horror movie I've seen lately but one of the most banal. Let's hope the sequel manages to up the ante.




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