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"Mail Me", the catchy song that can be heard throughout many scenes, is actually a "Dezaato" cover of "Mail Me" by Haruko Momoi. See more »
When the students jump to their death on the school roof, you can clearly see crew-members throwing buckets of fake blood at the window. See more »
There's mass confusion on the platform. This is unprecedented.
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Two different R1 versions of the film exist, an R rated version and an unrated version. Not only can they be differentiated by the unrated version having a red stripe on the cover, but they have different pictures on the sides of the DVD cover (the unrated having a picture of Mitsuko). There are six additions to this version of the film.
In the subway scene in the beginning, the shot of the girl hitting the tracks is extended long enough to show her head getting run over by the train.
In the school sequence, the ear is now shown being pushed off the roof of the building.
In the suicide montage the portions showing the woman cutting off her own fingers is extended dramatically, and there are a few more lines added to the background song to accommodate this.
In the scene showing the introduction of Genesis, there are two added parts of him stepping on a cat, and then crushing a dog under his foot.
In the scene of Kurota's suicide, the gunshot has been extended long enough to show the bullet actually going through the back of his head.
The opening scene proved this film is going to be easy to digest, it is telling you that this film is going to challenge you, provoke you and disgust you! If you are not prepared, please don't watch this film.
The unique aspect of this film is that it doesn't have a specific protagonist, at least not in the traditional manner. This is likely to be one of the reason why some people find this film rather confusing. However, I think it worked well in terms of presenting the film in a wider aspect, showing us what suicide means in different situations, scenario, relationships, but what is more important, is what it means to you.
"What is your connection to you?"
The real horror from this film comes from the inside, inside the audience's mind, which is what real horror is about. The film explores a lot of theme, but what created the horror was the depiction of humanity. It shows how we are so numb because of how society programmed us, do we even know ourselves? We are also drawn to this fake hope, when you discover that you know nothing about yourself, that is when the real despair and horror comes.
This film is not perfect, but more importantly, the idea came across, it transferred the really strong sensations and this is what art is about.
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