Suicide Forest Movies

Cinema has also echoed the Suicide Forest.

The appearance of films like The Sea of Trees or The Forest has boosted curiosity about Aokigahara.

We know that the Hollywood film industry is accustomed, also, to remake movies or themes that have had a unique “pull” in other countries. Some of this has happened with the movie Aokigahara.

Let’s start with the most commercial of movies.

The Forest (2016)

This movie has been the last and the most successful. It combines terror, mystery and suspense.

Directed by Jason Zada and starring Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, and Stephanie Vogt. Duration: 93 minutes.

The plot, in short, is: A woman, Sara, of American nationality receives notice of the possible suicide of her twin sister in the Suicide Forest. Sara goes to Japan where she stays in the same hotel as her sister. With the help of a journalist, Aiden, and Michi, the park’s guide, he goes into Aokigahara, to look for his sister. They camp inside the forest and…

The scenes of the forest were filmed in the Tara National Forest, in Serbia; the views of the interior, in Belgrade. In Japan, only three scenes were shot.

The critics that received the film were rather weak. These criticisms have not been matched by the audience since the collection in cinemas has been about 38 million USD, against a budget of 10 million USD.

The Sea of Trees (2015)

The cinematographic style of this film is developed in the drama.

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, and Ken Watanabe. Duration: 110 minutes.

Plot: Arthur, American, enters Aokigahara with the intention of ending his life. In the forest, he meets Takumi Nakamura who is lost in the forest after an attempt to kill himself. Both begin a path of reflection and survival through the Suicide Forest, where…

The film was shot almost entirely in Massachusetts. The forest scenes were shot in Northbridge. Only the view of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka was filmed in Japan. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and the reviews were not too generous. To this we must add that it has been an economic failure; with a budget of 25 million USD, in the first year, it obtained a collection of just over 800 thousand USD.

Aokigahara (2012)

It is a Japanese film that has not had distribution outside of its country. The film turns out to be a mixture of romantic drama, mystery, and fantasy.

Directed by Taku Shinjo and starring: Aki Maeda, Toshihiro Yashiba and Hiroshi Katsuno. Duration: 108 minutes.

Plot: While walking through the Suicide Forest, Matsu encounters a spirit that leads him to his lifeless body. The appearances turn out to be frequent, and Matsu investigates the past of the soul and discovers that…

It premiered at the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival in Saitama (Japan) on July 14, 2012.

Other films related to the Suicide Forest

The films mentioned above are developed mainly in Aokigahara.

Other films in which our forest is part of the plot are, for example, 47 Ronin (2013), Grave Halloween (2013), Forest of the Living Dead (2010).

Most of these films have been criticized for exploiting the subject of suicide with little sensitivity.