Comparison between the cut US VHS (R-Rated)
and the uncut US DVD (Unrated)
(both from TLA Releasing)
A series of bizarre suicides among teenagers occurs in Japan. 54 school girls throw themselves in front of a moving train. Inspector Kuroda finds out about a mysterious website that is somehow lined to the suicides.
With "Suicide Circle" (or "Suicide Club") director Sion Sono created a rather unconventional mixture of thriller, horror and drama laced with social criticism as well as rock hard splatter effects and a somewhat strange ending. In the year 2005 Sono directed a prequel, called "Noriko's Diner Table".
In the USA a slightly cut version was released on VHS, followed by an uncut DVD release.
Cut version = 98:25 Min.
Uncut version = 99:21 Min.
The R-Rated does not contain the shot of a girl's head getting crushed under the train wheels, followed by a computer animation and blood splattering against the train window.
Short shot of a train wheel with various body parts right under it.
Dito. Blood and body parts are flying around.
End of a shot in which the train can be seen. Gallons of blood splatters towards the camera.
A piece of a body crashes through the window.
Another short shot of a wheel and a body part.
The Detective looks out of the window. On the windowsill lies a small piece of an ear.
The ear is shoves off the sill.
End of a shot of a woman cutting herself with a knife.
Extremely gory shot of the woman cutting off her finger.
More shots of the finger being cut off and an intercut to the womans blood-splattered face. Also missing is the beginning of a shot of the man who has killed himself with pills.
Shot of a woman with her head in the oven.
Close up of Genesis stomping onto a sack with a screaming animal in it.
More shots of Genesis stomping onto the sack while everything turns red with blood.
End of the shot of Inspector Kuroda killing himself. Blood splatters out of his head and he sinks to the floor. In exchange, shots of Inspector Shibusawa and Inspector Murata have been re-integrated.