All About Lily Chou Chou
Archival 35mm Presentation. A portrait of outcasts, Iwai’s turn-of-the-millennium tale is his unmistakable masterpiece, a work of piercing cruelty and alienation that follows the lives of broken teenage souls grasping for fleeting moments of beauty in a world of grey. Bullied teen Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) finds solace solely in the transcendent music of ethereal pop singer Lily Chou Chou (a fictional idol echoing Faye Wong), running an online internet message board devoted to her under the alias “Philia.” Yuichi’s school days are filled with constant harassment and torment, experiencing humiliation and suffering at the hands of a former friend as he becomes a reluctant participant in acts of blackmail and shoplifting. Weaving Debussy, overexposed cinematography and the lush anthems of Lily Chou Chou into his internet-age bildungsroman, Iwai delivers a haunting teenage dream of lonely spirits reaching out into the ether.
Dir. Shunji Iwai, 2001, 146 min., 35mm, Color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Yu Aoi.
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