- Actors: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa, Miwako Ichikawa
- Directors: Shunji Iwai
- Writers: Shunji Iwai
- Producers: Koko Maeda, Naoki Hashimoto
- Format: PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Optimum
- DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
- Run Time: 146 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008YNI3
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
All About Lily Chou-Chou [DVD] 
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Told through the eyes of Yuichi, the story explores teenage alienation. Yuichi is being bullied at school, his mother is ignoring him and he has resorted to stealing in order to pay off his bully. To escape his life he sets up a web-site devoted to the singer Lily Chou-Chou. But things come to a head when his bully demands he follow a fellow student and Yuichi considers suicide.
From the Back Cover
The acclaimed director of Love Letter and April Story, Shunji Iwais All About Lily Chou Chou is told through the eyes of Yuichi, a teenage boy in love with pop music and pop stars. Particularly beholden to Yuichi is the ethereal star Lily Chou Chou, the subject of her own website where a loyal coterie of Lilyphiles trade gossip, information, and speculation. Yuichi takes increasing solace in her fictional world, gradually using it as a weapon with which to fight his crippling shyness and the harsh realities of the outside world. Conceived after Iwai attended a Hong Kong concert by Canto-pop diva Faye Wong (the star of Chungking Express), All About Lily Chou Chou began life first as a novel (as yet unfinished) before transforming into an interactive text maintained by Iwai on the lily-holic.com website. The interactive development of the project was crucial, enhancing the parallel narratives that are made horribly clear by the films gripping conclusion. Incorporating a hyperreal display of high-definition video and an extraordinary, at times rapturous use of music, All About Lily Chou Chou offers wonderfully executed sensory pleasure in abundance, more than this however it intelligently addresses prescient themes of violence, bullying and alienated adolescence. A genuine cinematic achievement and undoubtedly Iwais finest work.
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So yes, buy buy buy! But be prepared to think. The film doesn't give you much of a chance to fall behind, but if you keep up it's well worth it. Beautifully presented, fluent story telling and although somewhat slow in places, you won't get bored.
I love this film, although i didn't really appreciate it until the day after i watched it and remembered certain scenes.
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The blurb on the back of the DVD case alongside the snapshots from the film paint a mesmerising, enigmatic first impression of the film.
Once you begin watching the film, the music instantly feels like something out of this world. Using a lot of Debussy and songs from Japanese artists who supposedly are Lily Chou Chou, I think it might be by someone called Salyu in reality, the music ascends the images on screen (however simple) to an ethereal level. The songs may not even be that likeable outside of the film, I tried listening to it earlier and it wasn't the same experience. But the film demonstrates a union of music and imagery that feels chilling and hynoptic, also in a different sense to what you would experience in Western films with good soundtracks such as an indie-type film or a Tarantino film for example.
The marriage of the aesthetic and the aural is a perfect model for contemporary cinema, and I say this meaning it really is unique and something which would have influence on a new generation of filmmakers.
All about Lily Chou Chou cannot be defined!
I could list all the issues it homes in on, but the film is just made for you to decide yourself. In typical terms, it is challenging and engaging.
I mean, fair enough you can decipher a plot, but the protagonist is so distanced from the audience, from the truth of the realities inside the film world and obsessed with the 'ether' which is far removed from the brutal, tragic and unjust incidents which he is involved in. You'll see what I mean by the 'ether'(Not really a reference to recreational drugs!).
If you are considering whether to buy it or not, please do not hesitate. I mean, if I have mislead you, then sure you can sell it on. No regets!
If the R1 DVD is as specified on Amazon (16;9 anamorphic) and if the subtitles are soft, go for that version rather than this one.
However, this isn't to say it isn't worth watching. It may simply give you les pleasure than you expected, asking a little more of your brain than films often do. It's a little overlong (two and quarter hours, but it sometimes feels like five)but, goodness, it certainly is an experience. Less of a tribute to teenage obsessions with pop music than a study of teenage life in which pop obsessions play no more of a part than to soundtrack the continuing misery. Still, I'd give it a go if I were you
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It is a wonderfully filmed film with a great vary of styles and ideas.Read more
A real capture for nature and emotions.
Definetely one of the best films I have seen!
A must buy film!
being still a teenager myself it really dug deep, an i could relate to Yuichi's character............Read more