Harrowing Short Film Depicts a Suicide Attempt in the Heart of Tokyo's Bustling Nightlife District

Woman bonds with 911 operator in director Jo Motoyo's award-winning work

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An all-too-brief young life flashes before a young woman’s eyes as she swallows pill after pill, waiting for the darkness to overtake her.

On the other side of the line, a 911 operator relates, in an unusually personal way, to this woman’s tale of bullying and the fruitless search for meaning in her own life.

“You don’t need to come,” the young woman says as the operator zeroes in on her location. “I just wanted someone to talk to one last time.”

Perhaps ironically, her pained cry comes from the middle of a packed Tokyo karaoke bar.



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