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All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (Japan, 2001)

Directed by Shunji Iwai. Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Takao Osawa, Miwako Ichikawa, Izumi Inamori, Yu Aoi. Yuichi is in the 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a chanteuse whose music is lush and transcendent, the perfect tool to escape the pain and anxiety that fills his brutal life. At home, Yuichi rarely leaves his room, spending all his time in the chat room of Lily Chou-Chou's fan website. Little by litte, the reality of Yuichi's offline life becomes unbearable when he is ensnared in a nighmare of teenage prostitution, petty theft, and murder. 146 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Reviews and articles:
Hendrix, Grady. "From Nuclear Nightmare to Networked Nirvana: Futuristic Utopianism in Japanese SF Films of the 2000s." World Literature Today; May/Jun 2010, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p55-57, 3p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only

McRoy, Jay. "Ijime and the Popular Imaginary: Iwai Shunji's All About Lily Chou-Chou." In: Nightmare Japan : contemporary Japanese horror cinema / Jay McRoy. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 M376 2008)

Ng, Jenna. "World of Grey: All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)." Rouge, 13 (2009) Full-text of this article / review is available:

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