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Noriko's Dinner Table

2005 2h 33m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
64% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 80% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A Japanese teenager (Kazue Fukiishi) runs away to Tokyo to join a weird Internet cult whose leader (Tsugumi) hires out members to clients who want to pretend they have a family. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Raven Snook Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Noriko's Dinner Table embraces [suicidal] tendencies with gusto and striking originality. The film is a boldly fragmented and tantalizing saga. Rated: 5/5 Jul 5, 2007 Full Review Leslie Felperin Variety Too long by half. Jun 13, 2007 Full Review Marty Mapes Movie Habit Has a mind-blowing scene at its climax that takes the whole movie to set up Rated: 4/4 Jun 19, 2008 Full Review Norm Schrager part investigative mystery, part cultist drama, and you can pretty much guess where it's all going Rated: 3/5 Aug 12, 2007 Full Review Andy Klein Los Angeles CityBeat There is some excessive gore near the end, but, still, this is one of the best films I've seen this year. Jul 15, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This is a masterpiece in my opinion. It viscerally and somehow delicately displays the female adolescent experience through in-your-face metaphor and outstandiong performances. This movie is a prize. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Yes it was a long movie but I was captivated by every minute of it. Extremely thought provoking, beautiful, tragic, insightful and thoughtful. Art in all its forms. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was a slow burn with a lot of drama. It definitely addressed some components of part 1 but enough for me to understand the details set out in part 1. The film was frustrating at times moving along very slowly. But it made up for this with a nice ending. Again I didn't understand much of this film but filled in some blanks by reading articles. I still don't see how part 2 answers the main questions from part 1, but I'll definitely be looking into this by reading more articles. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A family under stress, a suicide club propagated by the Internet, a family for hire, an escape from home. Thus begins the quest for: "What exactly is a family and is it really that important?" Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member If you see this as a prequel for Suicide Club, you're going to be disappointed, instead, Noriko's Dinner Table as a standalone film is astounding. A lot more drama-oriented than shocking, characters easy to relate that will warm your heart always and with an unstoppable narration, it prepare for hours its ending that will leave anyone speechless. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Think about your place in the world--The annihilation of self!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Japanese teenager (Kazue Fukiishi) runs away to Tokyo to join a weird Internet cult whose leader (Tsugumi) hires out members to clients who want to pretend they have a family.
Sion Sono
Takeshi Suzuki
Sion Sono
Production Co
Mother Ark
Drama, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 23, 2018
2h 33m