Monday, February 2, 2015

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)


Lilly Chou-Chou is in my opinion a great achievement of movie making, in terms of acting, editing, sound mixing and visual flair, fans of cinema are treated to something entirely fresh, but there is the overall feeling of dissatisfaction, I wanted more from the story, I wanted to see more of the characters, more of their lives and their interaction with one another. Yet the director withholds much of this from the viewer, choosing to present the characters relationships with one another in small doses, leaving the visuals and sound to complement the rest.

I'm so deeply moved and hurt by the movie. It is so beautiful and cruel that I think adolescent should not see it. It likes a knife through my heart. Thanks Shunji Iwai, it's a perfect movie that no one can expect to see a few in his life. I have expected to see a warmhearted movie about a lonely boy, but this movie give me far more than that. I'm so attracted by the actress who acted the girl who died. She is just the kind of girl I loved and her tragedy hurt me a lot. The performance of the actors is very good although they are young and lack of experience. And the music is very unique and like it is said in the movie, it's like a religion. 

It is a great film to watch. it is well shot, has a great cast and leaves the viewer with a sense of satisfied confusion. i personally still do not understand all of the film, but have thoroughly enjoyed it! I would recommend this to anyone who likes Japanese films, world cinema or intellectual films that carry more substance then the average film.

All About Lily Chou-Chou 2001


  • Movie: All about Lily Chou-Chou
  • Romaji: Riri Shushu no subete
  • Japanese: リリイ・シュシュのすべて
  • Starring: Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Takao Osawa, Miwako Ichikawa, Izumi Inamori, Yū Aoi
  • Director: Shunji Iwai
  • Release Date: October 6, 2001
  • Runtime: 146 min.
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10


Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is a withdrawn young kid, just starting junior high school. He lives with his pregnant hairdresser mom, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's son in a rural area. He's tormented by bullies at school and by loneliness internally. The only place he can find solace is within the music of Lily Chou-Chou and her fan website Lil-philia that Yuichi runs.
Through the website he is able to express his feelings about life through his adulation of Lily Chou-Chou’s music. He spends his time talking with other members of Lil-philia and becomes closest to a person that uses the online name Blue Cat. Although they have never met in real life, the bond that they share runs deeper than Lily Chou-Chou’s music.

Yuichi explains that if he had died during the summer of 1999 (two years ago) he might be happier than he is now. Yuichi went on a trip to Okinawa during the summer of 1999 with his closest friends, including class president Shusuke Hoshino (Shugo Oshinari). During their trip, Shusuke Hoshino encounters a near death experience after falling into the water. Also, while they are on the trip Shusuke's parents divorce. Shusuke returned to school for the fall semester as a completely different person. That's when the bullying began for Yuichi.


All About Lily Chou-Chou 2001

All About Lily Chou-Chou 2001

All About Lily Chou-Chou 2001


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