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Noriko's Dinner Table Details


Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) constitutes a follow-up with thematic similarities and loose narrative connections (though not a direct sequel) to Japanese filmmaker Shion Sono's dark 2002 satire Shion Sono. The time-fractured narrative weaves the gothic tale of the two backward Shimbara sisters, teenagers Yuka (Yuriko Yoshitaka) and Noriko (Kazue Fukiishi). The girls inadvertently become enslaved to a website,, that represents a front for a perverse theatrical group, "The Family Circle" -- whereby young girls are hired by clients to act out bizarre fantasies. As a product of becoming implicated in the site, the sisters lose the ability to recognize their own identities; one is brainwashed by being forced to watch the mass suicide of 54 young Japanese girls from the earlier Shion Sono. The picture ultimately descends into blood-soaked carnage involving the titular table and a bevy of inanimate domestic objects. Ever the formalist, Sono divides his recit into a quintet of segments, and labels four of five with the names of key characters, each of whom narrates his or her "chapter" in voice-over. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:June 13, 2007


Kazue Fukiishi
as Noriko Shimabara
as Kumiko
Ken Mitsuishi
as Tetsuzo Shimabara
Yuriko Yoshitaka
as Yuka Shimabara


Sion Sono
Takeshi Suzuki
Sion Sono
Sion Sono
Screen Story
Souhei Tanigawa
Tomoki Hasegawa
Composer (Music Score)
Sion Sono
Composer (Music Score)
Junichi Ito
Toru Fujita
Art Director
Yutaka Morohashi
Executive Producer