All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou

Director: Shunji Iwai Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito
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All About Lily Chou-Chou

Wildly popular filmmaker Shunji Iwai breaks a three-year hiatus following his less than successful April Story with this elliptical drama about teenaged alienation, violence, and celebrity. The film centers on Yuichi Hasumi (Hayato Ichihara), an eighth grader who lives in a sleepy town in rural Japan with his mother, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's son. At school he is beaten up and harassed by his former friend Hoshino. In order to scrape up the cash to meet Hoshino's daily extortion demand, Yuichi resorts to petty theft and shoplifting. At home he finds sanctuary with his favorite singer Lily Chou-Chou, for whom he has devoted a website called "Liliphilia." One day, he encounters on the net a fellow Lily-phile who goes by the handle "blue cat." As Hoshino's power grows, he demands that Yuichi tail fellow classmate Shiori Tsuda (Yu Aoi), who he is pimping out to older men. Yuichi's suffocating situation at school leads him to consider suicide, something he confesses to "blue cat" -- his only confidant. Things come to a head tragically at a long awaited Lily Chou-Chou concert. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
UPC: 0037429204122
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:26:00

Special Features

Digital transfer enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Making-of documentary; Director biography and filmography; Music video: Wings That Can't Fly; Theatrical trailers; Essay by director Shunji Iwai

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Genesis [4:52]
2. Kids These Days [8:53]
3. Arabesque [5:51]
4. Stealing Is Stealing [5:25]
5. Yes, Sir [5:37]
6. The Beginning [5:47]
7. Hoshino's House [4:55]
8. Competition [7:29]
9. Hold-up [3:42]
10. Okinawa [7:32]
11. 7 Lives [9:26]
12. Regime Change [6:31]
13. Age of Gray [8:33]
14. Music Class [5:58]
15. New Arrangement [6:43]
16. Kunto's Price [5:08]
17. Emotion [6:32]
18. Breathe [3:32]
19. Flying [7:44]
20. Blue Cat [7:43]
21. Lost Soul [7:05]
22. Soiled Ether [2:29]
23. Guidance [4:20]
24. End Credits [4:04]
1. Welcome to the Ether [2:06]
2. Lilyholic BBS [6:13]
3. Script Bowl [6:07]
4. Piano Practice [3:02]
5. A Turning Point [6:12]
6. Directing Method [10:23]
7. Extras [5:58]
8. The Chorus [4:21]
9. Pupae [5:30]
10. Age 14 [5:12]

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All About Lily Chou-Chou 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This film is simply a masterpiece of its genre in every conceivable way. It is supremely challenging (casual viewers be warned), deeply affecting, and rewarding. It is brilliantly shot and edited, lit, and designed on every level, not the least of which is *sound*. The film is highly non-linear in its structure and logic, it wanders in a totally natural way, and tells an almost narcotic story of a teen music otaku, his website, his abject school days, and of course his obsession with Lily Chou-Chou (an obscure underground music artist who could be likened to Bjork, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Portishead, late-period Blonde Redhead, classic early 4ad/Creation artists, etc). The film is loaded with random unease, dread, and confusion, but also notably extreme bliss (the kind that comes from the ecstasy of a musical obsession). This film perfectly captures the protracted everydayness of teen alienation and suburban claustrophobia, musical obsession/escape, online devotion, and also seemingly random stolen moments of bliss. What ties all of these things together is the enigma of Lily Chou-Chou. The film is so particular and distinct in how it is arranged and yet epic in its scope. It is a beautiful paradox. For anyone who is adventurous enough to give this film the multiple viewings it deserves to fully understand, appreciate, and enter its world, you will rightly be amazed by what Shunji Iwai has created here, something breathtaking and beautiful. Recommended for music fanatics, artists, designers, outsiders, rebels, and dreamers.