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All About Lily Chou-Chou (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Ah, to be young again and experience anew the horror show that is youth. In Iwai Shunji's's All About Lily Chou-Chou there is nothing redeeming about the adolescent years. It's an out-and-out war among teen peers. If viewers were shocked at the frank depiction of sexuality and violence in Larry Clark's Kids, then they'll flip over Lily Chou-Chou, which is just as gritty and twice as rough.

Hasumi Yuichi (Ichihara Hayato), Hoshino Shusuke (Oshinari Shugo), and their cohorts artfully dodge a string of life-threatening nightmares and seek release through overactive involvement in cyber culture, pop music, and celebrity adulation. Hasumi plods through junior high school guarded and mostly mute, but in the soft cocoon of cyberspace he proves to be ravenous for joyful expression. He and his classmates abide by an unwritten code that these impulses are voiced only in the stunted dialogue of a chat room dedicated to the fictitious pop star Lily Chou-Chou. Meanwhile, the same kids spend their days sitting in classrooms run by bullies and are fed a regular diet of public humiliation, petty thievery, and straight violence.

Iwai has established himself in Japan with such films as April Story, Swallowtail Butterfly, and Picnic, and is known for his "cool" subject matter. It's obvious in seeing Lily Chou-Chou that he is a clear barometer of pop trends. The ecstatic compositions and ample palette of shockingly lush colors provide a unique, private, happy ending.

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Product Title: All About Lily Chou-Chou (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 青春電幻物語 (香港版) 青春电幻物语 (香港版) All About Lily Chou-Chou All About Lily Chou-Chou (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Osawa Takao | Inamori Izumi | Aoi Yu | Ichihara Hayato | Oshinari Shugo | Ichikawa Miwako | Ito Ayumi 大澤隆夫 | 稻森泉 | 蒼井優 | 市原隼人 | 忍成修吾 | 市川實和子 | 伊藤步 大泽隆夫 | 稻森泉 | 苍井优 | 市原隼人 | 忍成修吾 | 市川实和子 | 伊藤步 大沢たかお | 稲森いずみ | 蒼井優 | 市原隼人 | 忍成修吾 | 市川実和子 | 伊藤歩 Osawa Takao | Inamori Izumi | 아오이 유우 | Ichihara Hayato | Oshinari Shugo | Ichikawa Miwako | Ito Ayumi
Director: Iwai Shunji 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 이와이 슌지
Release Date: 2003-03-17
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 140 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002584009

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Director: Iwai Shunji





  Yuichi Hasumi is in the 8th grade. At school he constantly gets picked on, bullied, roughed up and abused. His favourite singer, Lily Chou Chou, was all that matters to him. He manages Lily fan website and encounters another passionate Lily fan called Blue Cat. Little by little, reality has become unbearable to him. He is relieved to have Blue Cat in his life, someone who finally understands him. At last, Lily holds her special concert. Yuichi heads for the concert hall where unknowingly the final tragedy is waiting for him ... Multimedia trendsetter Shunji Iwai once again takes our breath away with a convergence of music, film, and cyber/pop culture in the form of a suspense thriller. Like his predecessor LOVE LETTER, ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU created a sensation when it was released in Japan.
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October 11, 2006

This professional review refers to All About Lily Chou-Chou (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

Shunji Iwai is always faithful to his own style, he rarely compromises both in terms of the narrative or cinematic aesthetic. In his latest work All About Lily Chou-Chou, which was made in 2001, he once again demonstrates his peculiar talent and shows us how much more he could do with a camera.

The story is based on the problem teenagers in contemporary Japan. With the use of some exotic cinematic techniques and innovative editing, the plot may seem little loose on the first hand. But it is still coherent. It aims at exploring the twisted psychologies and behaviors of the youth. The story centers on two teenagers, Yuichi and Hoshino, who also happen to be good friends in the beginning. Yuichi is a quiet and reserved student who is always bullied by his friends. He can only find relief on an internet chat room, where he discusses Lily Chou Chou's music with his net friends; Hoshino is also a passive student at first, but he soon deteriorates and becomes the leader of a group of bad students. The only similarity between him and Yuichi is that both of them love pop singer Lily's music.

Yuichi and Hoshino represent two types of students, the suffered and the dominating class. While Yuichi chooses to tolerate, Hoshino fights back. But an interesting point is that their endings turn out to be more or less identical. They are both forced to a dead corner with no exit. It is actually a warning posed by Iwai. It seems like he wants to remind us that when the teenagers are led astray, apart from their own problems, external factor (especially the parents and the teachers) inevitably carries responsibility too. For instance, when Yuichi is caught shoplifting, what the school does is to merely send a teacher over to apologize. The teacher does not punish Yuichi or explain to him what he has done wrong. When his mother is aware of his behavior, she only scolds him, but never really tries to face the problem or find a remedy. Their failure to show care and love is an indirect but critical factor that creates very bad influence to the psychological development of the teenagers.

In terms of the cinematic aesthetic, Shunji Iwai did not disappoint us. The display of the internet chat room messages on the screen throughout the movie is quite impressive. To a certain extent, it can be seen as a direct and naked projection of the mind of the characters (Similar approach is also used in Take Care of My Cat). Background music is also employed wisely. The incongruous mixture of sound and image has created an enigmatic atmosphere that matches the complex and confused emotional states of the characters. As for the cinematography, some scenes are unbelievably beautiful, for instance, the opening scene when Yuichi is listening to Lily's song in the field is exceptionally tranquil and gorgeous. While some are too dark. The handheld camera and lack of sufficient light source (Iwai loves to use natural light to shoot) have created a realistic sense for the story yet greatly hindered the viewers from comprehending certain scenes. As a matter of fact, I found it really hard to identify who is who and what the characters are doing in some particular moments here and there.

Although the plot is quite loose and the whole concept is not too innovative, Iwai's delicate and fruitful research on his subject matter has proven to be rewarding. The movie shows clearly that he has profound knowledge of the behaviors of the teenagers. That might also explain why he could have made such a decisive critique. Perhaps All About Lily Chou-Chou is not a very entertaining movie, but the depth and level of discourses it brings about are worth our recognition. It is especially recommended for parents and teachers who would like to catch a glimpse of what their kids are thinking.

Reviewed by Kantorates -

March 28, 2003

From the opening scene, the green rice fields and blue sky filling the screen, the main character standing alone, cut off from the world and cocooned inside the headphones feeding music by his favourite pop-star Lily Chou-Chou straight through to his soul, this is a film about teenage isolation and the pain it spawns. It is by degrees dark and disturbing, light and humorous, painful, challenging and ultimately deeply affecting.

Partially inspired by Canto-pop phenomenon Faye Wong, a cross-cultural project collaboration with Edward Yang and Stanley Kwan, a Taiwanese earthquake (read the introduction at and you'll understand) and the exceptional musical talents of Takeshi Kobayashi, All About Lily Chou-Chou took its final form from the web. Director Shinji Iwai has taken direction from the real-life dynamics of internet chat sessions surrounding the fictional pop icon to astonishingly modern and relevant effect, incorporating not only the ideas evoked and supported by the online participants but their actual thoughts and words. This alone makes this film more than an experience; it gives the spirit of the web, its potential to isolate the individual while transcending normal cultural/social divisions, substance, a voice with which to speak. The characters are living not inside the net but inside themselves, removed from others, their only salvation the lyrics of pop songs, their only meaningful connections those of the faceless community in cyberspace who share their interests.

A barrage of text, Noburu Shinoda's gorgeous cinematography and the haunting strains of Debussy, All About Lily Chou-Chou is less pop and more poetry and the young cast are magnificently capable. Hayato Ichihara's victimised, internally passionate Yuichi is simultaneously mundane and breathtaking, while Shugo Oshinari's misunderstood bad boy Hoshino is deeply despicable yet at times worthy of even deeper compassion. Of special note, Yu Aoi's school-age call girl Shiori Tsuda and Ayumi Ito's silent prodigy Yoko Kuno are both very different yet touchingly painful in their performances. Iwai's direction is both delicate and confrontational as safe, meaningful lives on the net become traumatised by brutal reality in a world where the only meaningful connections are the ones which shut the world out.

10 J-Pop phenomenons out of 10

by Deni Stoner - "

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Customer Review of "All About Lily Chou-Chou (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.6 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (17)

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September 17, 2006

This customer review refers to All About Lily Chou-Chou (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Ultimate slice-of-life movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
All About Lily Chou-Chou went on the first position of my top 10 soon after the first view, let me tell you why: AALCC is a movie absolutely like nothing else, it's a story that can be perfectly reflected on some of our lives, our youth.

Who has never felt alone and lost in his teen years? Who has never searched for shelter and hope in a particularly music band? Maybe by being influenced by some friends.

Well Shunji Iwai know well this, and he struggled well to create an absolute idol, an hope for his young boys: that's Lily Chou-Chou.

This girl with an unbelievable voice is truly the protagonist of this movie, her music surround every single frame, affecting every single action made by the young guys, she's like a goddess that watches her disciples.

The directing is, as you can expect from Iwai, magnificent: in particular the handy cam work is simply fantastic, you can feel almost to touch the guy's hearts and feel also accomplice for their suffering.

Maybe this is not a movie, maybe it's only a 140 minutes PV, but even is it, I don't care: when you'll hear Lily, you'll never forget her.
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April 12, 2006

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Coming of Age in Hell Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
The story is bleak. A group of teenagers caught in a vicious cycle of bullying. The only way out was a tragic end. I felt that the pace and mood of the story could be better controlled and tightened. Instead, it was sporadic and uneven, with a mish mash of hi-tech instant messaging, teenage drama and social documentary. I didn't enjoy it as much.
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April 8, 2004

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Stunning, disturbing, beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Excellent movie that kept me thinking a lot throughout watching it, and after it was over. I've never seen any other movie such as this before, and it's like having a breath of fresh air! Over 2 hours of art potrayed by Shunji Iwai, with a mesmerising soundtrack to boot. This film is full of the ether...
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March 26, 2004

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best movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i am addicted to this movie...i feel sick when i watch it, because i know yuichi's pain. this movie will not leave me...
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February 19, 2004

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Awesome Movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is great, I love it. It's one of my favorite now. I like how each shot is taken and the soundtrack is really really sweet. I'm going to buy the album next! Not to mention there are alot of eye candy especially Ichihara Hayato. Watch this movie because it is really good.
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