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    Seki Seki Ren Ren

    Seki Seki Ren Ren
    After Suicide comes Remorse......and Redemption.
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    Japan’s suicide rate is nearly twice that of the U.S. and three times that of the U.K., with the number of people taking their own lives each year only recently dipping below 30,000. It is also the leading cause of death among Japanese in their teens and 20s. Why this should be so in a society so orderly, safe and prosperous is often put down to cultural and historical factors, such as all those samurai, fictional and real, cutting their stomachs and being rather admired for it.

    Of course, it’s not that simple (a lot of those samurai were forced to take a sword to themselves). Instead, youth suicide is a multifaceted problem that defies easy solution, especially when, as is often the case, it is an act of impulse, with warning signs missed or dismissed by parents, teachers and other responsible adults.

    Kazuya Konaka’s fantasy drama “Seki Seki Ren Ren (Deep Red Love)” struck me as a film that might open a few eyes, young and not-so-young, to the causes and consequences. Not a solution, that is, but a start.

    Based on a novel of the same title by horror specialist Minato Shukawa, this film about a girl who wanders her neighborhood as a ghost, after leaping to her death from the roof of an apartment building, is rather upfront about its preventive purpose, though its methods are artfully indirect.

    The heroine, Juri (Tao Tsuchiya), looks exactly as she did when she was alive, in her spiffy high school uniform and with nary a strand of her perfectly cut long hair out of place. Only everything is different, since the living, including her still grieving mother, can no longer see or hear her. This bothers her, as she says quite clearly, though the objects of even her most pointed remarks blithely ignore them.

    Director Kazuya Konaka
    Run Time 83 minutes
    Language Japanese


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