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All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou

2001 / 146min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: SHUNJI IWAI

CAST: HAYATO ICHIHARA, SHUGO OSHINARI

Incredibly prescient in its understanding of how still-young Internet would fundamentally alter youth culture, Shunji’s film introduces Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) in a ice field, the landscape gradually obscured by accreting chat room messages. Alienated from classmates and his old friend Shusuke (Shugo Oshinari), Yuichi retreats into his relationship with the songs of goth-inflected pop star Lily Chou-Chou, whose music can do nothing to stop the bloody, hormone-fueled reckoning ahead. A clangorous collision of tradition and ultramodernity, innovative in its understanding of digital cinematography as a new medium with new rules.