Skip to content
Films

All About Lily Chou Chou

Love Letters: Four Films by Shunji Iwai

This is Tooltip!
December 10, 2022
This is Tooltip!
7:15 pm
Lily Chou Chou -1920
This is Tooltip!

All About Lily Chou Chou

リリイ・シュシュのすべて

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.

Tickets
$15 General Admission / $10 Members
$12 Seniors and Students
$10 Person with Disability

This is Tooltip!

© 2001 Lily Chou-Chou Partners

This is Tooltip!

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.