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A virus that drives one to suicide - Eli Eli Lema Sabachtani (2005)

“-How do you distinguish viral suicide from real suicide?

-That’s a difficult question. Asahara used to say… so now, it comes down to the will to recover.

-Oh, I see.”

-Eli, Eli , Lema Sabachtani (2015)

 

‘Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachtani’ / ‘My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ is directed by Shinji Aoyama, set in a version of 2015 where a mysterious virus called the Lemming Syndrome has taken over the world. This virus affects the brain and drives people to become suicidal. Mizui (Tadanobu Asano) and Asuhara (Masaya Nakahara) create musical pieces that are believed to have healing properties against the virus. One day, however, Asuhara commits suicide.

 

Mizui finds him in his seaside home, already dead. In the morning, he gives his friend a proper burial by cremating his body. As the body burns, Mizui is joined by Miyagi, a company president who wants him to use his music to heal his granddaughter. They have a conversation about Asuhara and whether his suicide was caused by the virus or not.

 

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