Jisatsu Manyuaru (2003, JAP) C-86m. ** D: Osamu Fukutani. Starring Nozomi Andô, Kei Horie, Ayaka Maeda, Kenji Mizuhashi. Horror drama about two young TV reporters, who decide to make a documentary about recent teen suicides and stumble upon a video manual, in which a mysterious girl explain different ways of killing oneself. Not bad, quite ambitious, but hardly gets going, never becomes exciting or scary. Shot on video, which gives this one an amateurish look at times. Followed by a sequel. English titles: THE SUICIDE MANUAL, THE MANUAL.

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