Movie Review: All About Lily Chou Chou (2001) – Japanese Movie

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All About Lily Chou Chou is not all that coherent, in a good way. It’s 100% melancholic and has it’s own unique dream-like fluidity to it. With some deep and dark subject matter, a complimentary abstract plot-line, an array of cinematography and a musical soundtrack that effectively adds tension to your emotional chords, All About Lily Chou Chou paints a vivid but obscure portrait. The film is as dark as it is serene.

all about lily chou chou

Its a complicated story told in equally complicated ways that forces you to into both contemplation and delirium. The writer/ director takes hold of the delinquent genre to “deal” with a hopeless youth and all their adversities. This film will probably only be worthwhile to those who are open-minded and not fainthearted. It’s a daunting depiction of a depressed and abusive subculture and is a definite cult favourite.

“… haunting and emotionally charged social drama paints a dark and sometimes bleak picture of Japanese youth culture. While the film’s hard look at the issues of apathy, teen aggression, obsession and nihilism are indeed compelling…”

(Love HK Film)

Synopsis

Official website

Directed / Written by: Shunji Iwai

Starring: Hayato Ichihara // Shugo Oshinari // Ayumi Ito // Takao Osawa // full cast

Reviews: Japan Cinema // Ruthless Reviews // Rotten Tomatoes

aparoo’s words: delinquent, youth, drama, crime, bullying, music, social, culture, highschool

aparoo says 5/5

Download: Asia Torrents

Stream: YouTube

photo credit: asianmediawiki.com

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One response to “Movie Review: All About Lily Chou Chou (2001) – Japanese Movie

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