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Riri Shushu no subete
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6 October 2001 (Japan) See more »
If you scream and no one hears you, she's there for you. See more »
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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  (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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Camera and Electrical Department
Hikaru Yasuda .... assistant camera
Other crew
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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Ayumi Itô spent weeks training on the piano in order to do all of her scenes without a double. She became so obsessed with Debussy's "Arabesque No. 1" that she made it her cell phone ring tone.See more »
Teacher:You've been caught shoplifting, was it fun?See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »


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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Esoteric brilliance, 11 March 2005
Author: Shazbut from Oxfordshire, England

It's always difficult to write a review on a piece of art that speaks to you personally. I'm not sure what I'm about to write yet but it may be worth taking it with a pinch of salt, since I'm unable to get over just how much I love this movie.

Even if it doesn't resonate with you, "All About Lily..." is still clearly a film of a high artistic standard. Iwai has succeeded in creating a beautiful atmosphere but one of extreme coldness and sterility. The poster shot of the bright green rice fields, which practically leap off the screen at you, are stunning to look at but evoke such loneliness. It's no wonder Debussy was used on the soundtrack; few other composers can create such beautiful music that sounds so distant, like you can't touch it. The shots of one of the characters playing his pieces on the piano are made to look almost ethereal. Such music and images, coupled with the use of a digital camera which does bizarre things with light (sometimes the camera will be in a room and it looks like the sun is right outside the window), give the film a hypnotic, surreal quality. This is also added to by the fractured narrative which at times seems to be trying to deliberately make you believe the wrong thing.

The acting is unbelievably naturalistic and at times very brave, especially by 13yr old actor Hayato Ichihara (Yuichi) who's deadpan expressiveness reminds me of Montgomery Clift. Oshinari's (Hoshino) is probably the stand-out performance though. He has more to work with, but even so, it's incredible. So intense and human.

The naturalism coupled with Iwai's interest in seemingly trivial, everyday moments means the film conveys an incredible amount of information even when very little appears to be happening on screen. The clue to a character's motivation can be picked up just by watching what they're doing in the background. Rarely do you see a movie treat the audience so intelligently. Nothing is signposted. Nothing is explained. It's just SHOWN to you and your mind is forced to make sense of it.

Finally, I have never seen a movie treat my generation so sensitively and truthfully. You would never see a movie like this made in the West, except maybe by Ken Loach, but then he'd make it like a documentary. "All About Lily..." is nothing like a documentary. The content is naturalistic but the style is pointedly not. That juxtaposition is another thing that makes it so great.

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