Archive of films All About Lily Chou-Chou / All About Lily Chou-Chou

Japan
2001, 146 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2002

Yuichi is 14-years-old. At school he is a daily victim of bullying and abuse and his life is hell. During this difficult period, the popular singer Lily Chou Chou is the only thing that matters to him, and only her songs help him to survive. He’s created a web fan site for Lily, and it becomes his entire world...


Synopsis

Yuichi is 14-years-old. At school he is a daily victim of bullying and abuse and his life is hell. During this difficult period, the popular singer Lily Chou-Chou is the only thing that matters to him, and only her songs help him to survive. All day long he keeps to his room managing a web fan club on Lily Chou-Chou called “liliphilia.” One day “philia,” (Yuich’s Internet handle) encounters another passionate Lily fan on the site named the “Blue Cat”.... The year before Yuichi had been perfectly happy. He had still never heard of Lily Chou-Chou and he had become friends with Hoshino. They were the best of friends and spent every free moment together. But Hoshino changed over vacation. After beating up and even humiliating the one-time school bully, he becomes the head of his own gang and unbelievably picks out Yuichi as one of his victims. That’s when Yuichi finds Lily Chou- Chou and he draws strength from her. But thanks to Lily Chou-Chou Yuichi meets the meets the Blue Cat, the only one who really understands him. Lily Chou-Chou is giving a concert on December 8, 2000, and Yuichi is understandably very excited. He never dreams that tragedy awaits him.... The films starts off with a Lily Chou-Chou chat site called Lilyholic where fans are hotly discussing the singer. They are trying to decide what affect Lily’s music has on her fans, and they also talk about a case, now several years old, concerning a murdered secondary school student. At the same time one of Lily’s fan sites, “liliphilia,” suddenly stopped working....

About the director

Shunji Iwai (b. 1963, Sendai City, Japan) graduated from university in Yokohama. He began his film career shooting commercials, music videos and television dramas. In 1993 he received the New Director of the Year Award from the Directors Guild of Japan for the made-for-TV movie If/Moshima. Afterward, he began making feature films, among which his most popular include Love Letter (1995), Picnic (1996), and above all the cult, tourist vision of Tokyo Swallowtail Butterfly (1996). Filmography: Mishiranu Wagako (1991), Koroshi Ni Kita Otoko (1991), Maria (1992), Kani Kan (1992), Geshi Monogatori (1992), Omelette (1992), Ghost Soup (1992), Yuki No Osama (1993), Lunatic Love (1994), Undo (1994), Love Letter (1995), Picnic (1996), Swallowtail Butterfly (1996), April Story (1998), All About Lily Chou Chou (2001).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
   
Director: Shunji Iwai
Screenplay: Shunji Iwai
Dir. of Photography: Noboru Shinoda
Music: Takeshi Kobayashi
Editor: Daisuke Udaka, Yujiro Yamamoto, Yoshiharu Nakagami
Producer: Naoki Hashimoto
Production: Rockwell Eyes Inc.
Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Yu Aoi
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