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Suicide Bus (1998)

Ikinai (original title)
A young girl named Mitsuki receives a ticket for a bus tour from her uncle. The tour appears to be normal (expect that everyone appears to be quite somber) but Mitsuki learns its true ... See full summary »

Director:

Hiroshi Shimizu

Writer:

Duncan (as Dankan)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Duncan Duncan ... Aragaki (as Dankan)
Nanako Ôkôchi Nanako Ôkôchi ... Mitsuki
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Kimura
Ippei Souda Ippei Souda ... Ozawa
Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu ... Yashiro
The Great Gidayû The Great Gidayû ... Nose (as Gurêto Gidayû)
Hiroyuki Kishi ... Mochizuki
Takashi Mitsuhashi Takashi Mitsuhashi ... Komatsu
Mitsuo Togioka Mitsuo Togioka ... Taguchi
Misayo Haruki Misayo Haruki ... Fukuda
Ichirô Ogura Ichirô Ogura ... Kanda
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Noguchi
Takenori Murano Takenori Murano ... Itô
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A young girl named Mitsuki receives a ticket for a bus tour from her uncle. The tour appears to be normal (expect that everyone appears to be quite somber) but Mitsuki learns its true purpose. All passengers and the tour manager have a suicide pact to send the bus over a cliff so the families can collect the insurance money. Written by Sampo Haarlaa <Simpi@eurofin.pp.fi>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 June 2001 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Iκινάι See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Office Kitano See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color
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Can the Japanese laugh at themselves?
9 September 2001 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

This is a most unusual Japanese film, showing a new side of serious Japanese cinema--treatment of black comedy.

What is more unusual is that it deals with suicide--no laughing matter for the Japanese. Hara-kiri is almost revered.

And here is a first film from a young director that tackles this "deadly" subject with wit. Hiroshi Shimuzi has guts and talent, which I wrote about in January 1999, while reviewing the film (for India Abroad, New York) shown at the Indian International Film Festival at Hyderabad. I was pleased that it got recognized at other film festivals as well--including Locarno.

It reminded me of Cuban filmmaker Tomas Alea's black comedy "Death of a bureaucrat" made so many years ago.

I wonder how the Japanese reacted to the film.


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