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6 October 2001 (Japan) See more »
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If you scream and no one hears you, she's there for you. See more »
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Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Insolent Salt See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hayato Ichihara ... Yûichi Hasumi
Shûgo Oshinari ... Shusuke Hoshino

Ayumi Itô ... Yôko Kuno
Takao Ohsawa ... Tabito Takao
Miwako Ichikawa ... Shimabukuro
Izumi Inamori ... Izumi Hoshino

Yû Aoi ... Shiori Tsuda
Kazusa Matsuda ... Sumika Kanzaki
Ryô Katsuji ... Terawaki Shioske
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takako Baba ... School girl
Yuki Ito ... Kamino
Tomohiro Kaku ... Yuichi's friend
Hideyuki Kasahara ... Kyota Shimizu
Masumi Okamura
Tetta Sugimoto
Yôji Tanaka ... Teacher

Directed by
Shunji Iwai 
 
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Shunji Iwai 

Produced by
Naoki Hashimoto .... producer
Koko Maeda .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Takeshi Kobayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Noboru Shinoda 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshiharu Nakagami 
 
Production Design by
Noboru Ishida 
 
Costume Design by
Hiromi Shintani 
 
Sound Department
Aaron Levy .... sound recordist
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Osamu Takizawa .... sound
 
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Hikaru Yasuda .... assistant camera
 
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Atsushi Naito .... legal advisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Riri Shushu no subete" - Japan (original title)
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146 min | 157 min (original cut)
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Trivia:
The idea of Lily Chou-Chou, the rock star, was inspired by Hong Kong singer and actress, Faye Wong.See more »
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Yûichi Hasumi:For me, only Lily is real.See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Insolent Salt, 1 February 2008
Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach

I don't know why I bother with Hollywood when there are so many rich projects like this hiding in corners. The problem of course is finding them. The most significant benefit I get from writing IMDb comments is that readers lead me to them. That happened in this case.

If you are an ordinary viewer , you probably won't like this. Its yet another dip into high school angst, overly long and structurally a bit too cute.

I think you'll have to train yourself to watch films lucidly, but if you do, this will be quite effective. You will fall into it and really be influenced, much more viscerally than say "There Will be Blood," where there is no path for us to enter the world we watch.

The matter of this concerns teen alienation, particularly through how we/they take things that happen and weave them into whatever simple, grand narrative is available — usually through commercial pathways. Its a simple chord to strike, but one we all know, both from when we were that age, and from how we live now, which is only a half degree separated.

You'll encounter death, teen prostitution, rape. Gang dynamics involving intense humiliation. Clueless adults of course. Sexual drives and identity vacuums of course, but subordinated to the more overwhelming urge to be part of a cosmic story. Usually, we ignore this in film, because sex and role are inherently more cinematic. Less true, but easier to show as true.

Its the multiply nested structure that makes it work. The scenes are presented non- linearly. The overriding narrative is not what we see, but a collection of instant messages exchanged among the characters we see. These evoke the images we see, perhaps not as they happened, but as they are recalled. There's an overarching cosmos that these text messages reference, an abstract, perfect world of ethereal dynamics conveyed through a goddess, a girl singer. The slightest nuance from, the smallest bit of news about, the slightest rumor concerning this singer provides ledges for a life, for a whole gaggle of lives bumping up against each other.

In the center of this thing, you have a radical departure. All of a sudden, instead of the camera anchored in the test messages, we have a camera rooted in reality. Its literally footage from video cameras from the core teen boys as they go on an exotic vacation to Okinawa. Naturally, the four spindly 14-15 year olds are guided by four of the most appealing older girls in memory. Its colorful, jerky. Full of life, a real, embodied life that by its appearance makes all the rest of the thing seem incredibly sad in its artificiality.

Someone knew what they were doing when they put this together. Someone deep and true and of the kind we need more of if we are to make it through. Or do I hang my life on commercially available narrative too?

Heh.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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