All About Lily Chou-Chou

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Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star savior Lily Chou-Chou, embracing her sad, dreamy songs and sharing their fears and secrets in Lilyholic chat rooms. Immersed in the speed of everyday troubles, their lives inevitably climax in a fatal collision between real and virtual identities, a final logging-off from innocence.


Critic Reviews for All About Lily Chou-Chou

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Audience Reviews for All About Lily Chou-Chou

  • Dec 14, 2010
    If watching other people's home movies, and chatlogs, about new age mumbo jumbo appeals to you, knock yourself out--but I was too bored to give this movie the kind of attention it demanded to follow its disjointed out-of-order scenes. 146 minutes was way too much for me on this one.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2010
    Being a teenager sucks.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2009
    Shunji Iwai's <i>All About Lily Chou-Chou</i> is one of those films that stands out on its own.<p>The story is quite unique and so is the writing, but this film is not for everybody. It shows how music can be a place for people to seek sanctuary from their everyday lives. The story can be tough to get into and the run time is just under 2 and a half hours. The first hour and the last 30 minutes are the better parts, while the middle tends to drag.</p><p>With that said, Shunji Iwai's directing makes this worth watching. For the most part, the camerawork is great. The cyber texting element that Iwai employs consistently throughout the picture is also a creative element worthy of note.</p><p>Hayato Ichihara's character is a bit bland, but he works well with what he has. The rest of the supporting cast is also good. Shugo Oshinari, Aoi Yu, and Ayumi Ito stand out the most. Takao Osawa also shows up with a funny character.</p><p><i>All About Lily Chou-Chou</i> may only be the best film to some, but it is one of those movies that sticks with nearly every other viewer for a good amount of time. If only once, this is one to consider watching.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    Rating these types of movies is so difficult, since it is quite obvious that movies like this are intentionally made to counter-act what we traditionally think of as good movies. Shunji Iwai wasn't thinking about critics when he made this film, so to criticize it would be somewhat pointless. But, since I must, I will definitely say that this is the type of film that about 3% of the population will absolutely love with every inch of their souls, while 97% of people will absolutely hate. At 2 hours and 45 minutes, this film is a long, depressing, dreary, disturbing, brave, draining, frustrating, largely boring but at times though-provoking, artistic, and undeniably an original experience with a notably good soundtrack. Did I like this film? Not at all actually. It's not really a film that wants to be liked. So, I give this film 2 stars, knowing that there are others who would give this film 5 stars in a heartbeat, and I wouldn't really argue with them...those people simply watch movies for different reasons than I do. I will say this, that "Lily Chou-Chou" is an unforgettable experience... whether that experience is a good or a bad one depends on you.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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