All About Lily Chou-Chou
Written and directed by Shunji Iwai
With Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Yu Aoi.
Japan, 2001, 146 minutes
35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles
When: Saturday, December 10th, 2022 at 7:15 p.m
All About Lily Chou Chou began as an interactive novel Iwai wrote and posted on the Internet. The film captures the absurdities of growing up in Japan’s pervasive pop/cyber culture, in which Internet chat rooms, pop-idol worship, and harrowing school bullying are just part of a teenager’s daily life. Iwai’s poetic, gorgeously shot coming-of-age tale provides a disturbing look at the violence, terror, and isolation that characterized growing up in Japan at the turn of the century.
AsianCineFest Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars; very highly recommended
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