The film's main failure is that it has no real point of interest. No character is fleshed out enough for us to care, and the events are in full flow as soon as the film gets started. The danger here is that these are fictional events that we are not familiar with. Unlike a war film, where we can register some immediate context. This is a serious attempt to tackle the increasing numbers of suicide in Japan. However, its supernatural and creepy atmosphere puts it far from being taken seriously. The film is also very insular, keeping the focus on a pair of journalists that rarely seem excited to be a part of such a bizarre series of events. Other bits of the film are just filled with "How to kill yourself" segments. I'd recommend Suicide Club over this, as that just goes all out.