Hideo Nakata, the man behind Ringu and its American counterpart The Ring is heading into the forest for his new film, The Suicide Forest. Based on a graphic novel written by El Torres and drawn by Gabriel Hernandez, The Suicide Forest is based on a real forest in Japan. More after the jump.
Aokigahara Forest, located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji, is the second most popular place in the world to commit suicide (the first being San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge). An average of 70 people per year kill themselves within the woods, with hundreds more attempting to do so, prompting annual "body searches" conducted by police and volunteers. Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and Aokigahara is a popular site for many reasons: it is said to be haunted; it was the site of ubasute in the 19th century (a practice in which the elderly and infirm were brought to the forest to die alone); it was the setting for a popular novel in which lovers kill themselves; and a lack of wildlife and wind make it eerily quiet.
The graphic novel, however, is a little more supernaturally-bent: "An American ex-pat living in Tokyo must enlist the help of a forest ranger in Aokigahara to help free him from the clutches of an evil spirit haunting him from the Suicide Forest."