All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete)
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All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete)
Wildly popular filmmaker Shunji Iwai breaks a three-year hiatus following his less than successful April Story with this elliptical drama about teenaged alienation, violence, and celebrity. The film centers on Yuichi Hasumi (Hayato Ichihara), an eighth grader who lives in a sleepy town in rural Japan with his mother, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's son. At school he is beaten up and harassed by his former friend Hoshino. In order to scrape up the cash to meet Hoshino's daily extortion demand, Yuichi resorts to petty theft and shoplifting. At home he finds sanctuary with his favorite… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A hypnotic cyber hymn and a cruel story of youth culture."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"I'm not sure All About Lily Chou-Chou made sense in my head, but it made sense in my heart."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... captures the pain and desperation of adolescent powerlessness and humiliation with powerful intimacy..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This movie is maddening. It conveys a simple message in a visual style that is willfully overwrought."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While the story's undeniably hard to follow, Iwai's gorgeous visuals seduce."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The gutsy film didn't help itself by making it so difficult to follow the story and by being so morose."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Confusion is one of my least favourite emotions, especially when I have to put up with 146 minutes of it."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"A film that's flawed and brilliant in equal measure."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Once you get into its rhythm ... the movie becomes a heady experience."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bravura, ambitious and profoundly disturbing. It is also a daunting, demanding experience, one whose complex structure makes it a challenge to track despite literate subtitles."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"One thing is for sure: This movie does not tell you a whole lot about Lily Chou-Chou."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A difficult, absorbing film that manages to convey more substance despite its repetitions and inconsistencies than do most films than are far more pointed and clear."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"A film of quiet power."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
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