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All About Lily Chou-Chou

Released Jul 12, 2002 2h 26m Drama List
69% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 89% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings For kids around the world, music is often the only salvation when the pain and anxiety of teenage life becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in the 8th grade and he worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Bjork-like chanteuse whose epic music is lush and transcendent. Yuichi only lives for Lily Chou-Chou's big Tokyo concert, where the lies and violence can be washed away by the presence of his goddess and her powerful music. But fate has yet another obstacle in store for Lily's devoted fan. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star For all of its insights into the dream world of teen life, and its electronic expression through cyber culture, the film gives no quarter to anyone seeking to pull a cohesive story out of its 2 1/2-hour running time. Rated: 3/5 Mar 21, 2003 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times This movie is maddening. It conveys a simple message in a visual style that is willfully overwrought. Rated: 2/4 Nov 29, 2002 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse Iwai directs and writes a truly shocking film regarding school alienation and the terrifying cruelty of teenagers that leads to harsh cases of bullying. Dec 23, 2019 Full Review Jason Gorber Film Scouts It is remarkable not for its flamboyance but for its stark honesty, captivating visual flair, and a style of filmmaking that differs from anything on this side of the Pacific. Rated: A- Jun 21, 2007 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Paisley In my opinion, it's a life changing film. It depends on the person, and when you watch it. The beautiful visuals, eerily alluring soundtracks and realistically tragic youth struggles come together to create something I want to remember for the rest of my life. This movie is the type of stuff that messes you up in the good way. I watched this in a really dark period of my life, and it really impacts how I viewed it. It puts you in a new perspective. The pure youth being corrupted by the experience of life is really what I get from this. Watching teens be molded by their environment, watching some of them fall apart in a beautifully heart-wrenching way. It depends on perspective, a very weird and self-interpretation type of film. It's very pretty, though. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review reka ! underground and pretty dead. love it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/05/23 Full Review BTS L This movie made me cry so much. I really felt bad for the girl. Very good made movie 👍 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/05/23 Full Review Ray R This film changed my life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/06/23 Full Review OZZIE R This movie was absolutely transcendent. Every other comment didn't seem to read the texts or keep along with the non-linear structure. What the movie's resolution was left at was bittersweet and I think the story in general was executed finely. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/14/22 Full Review Stefan I Such beautiful cinematography and interesting story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/11/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis For kids around the world, music is often the only salvation when the pain and anxiety of teenage life becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in the 8th grade and he worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Bjork-like chanteuse whose epic music is lush and transcendent. Yuichi only lives for Lily Chou-Chou's big Tokyo concert, where the lies and violence can be washed away by the presence of his goddess and her powerful music. But fate has yet another obstacle in store for Lily's devoted fan.
Director
Shunji Iwai
Screenwriter
Shunji Iwai
Distributor
Cowboy Pictures
Production Co
Miramax
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 12, 2002, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
May 7, 2019
Box Office (Gross USA)
$24.8K
Runtime
2h 26m
Sound Mix
Dolby Stereo, DTS
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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