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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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Wow… truly mesmerising. See more (43 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
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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
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Osamu Takizawa .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
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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At one point a character describes Hoshino's mom as looking like Izumi Inamori. This is the actress that plays Hoshino's mom.See more »
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Frog:[subtitle] People can't fight.See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Wow… truly mesmerising., 31 December 2004
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

This is a tale about the lows of a group of high school kids that turn to crime and cyberspace obsession of a pop singer named Lily Chou-Chou.

Writer/director Shunji Iwai film is complex, dark and depressing, with a real intense feel of teenage angst, but truly it's a beautiful film to watch. Shunji Iwai gives us disturbing images of youth's harrowing experiences, in which some characters you feel for, but then after a while you might suddenly despise or the opposite.

With visually stunning and fresh cinematography, it felt like I was watching an arty music video clip at times. The scenery in the film is lush and exquisite, from the contrast of the alluring islands and the rich grass fields to the harshness of the city and school.

A distinguished and unique soundtrack surrounds and overwhelms the film; the songs we hear are those from the fictional pop singer Lily Chou-Chou. The music really added to the beauty and mystique of this film.

Hayato Ichihara as Yûichi Hasumi, a troubled kid that is involve in a crime gang and under an alias, runs the fan club website about Lily Chou-Chou, Shûgo Oshinari as Shusuke Hoshino, once a top student and then suddenly changes and becomes a gang leader and Ayumi Ito as the quiet Yôko Kuno, an outstanding piano player but because of that she is bullied. The performances are brilliantly absorbing and there are no hiccups to say off.

Since the Lily Chou-Chou Website is an important part of the film, we don't actually see anyone in front of the computer screen, except for Yuichi. Whenever there were conversations on her fan's Website, the user-name and their comment would pop up on the screen throughout different scenes in the film or on a black background, though some of the conversations have no resemblance to what's actually happening on screen. At first some of the people were hard to work out who was who on the net, but still I found it quite intriguing.

The time line in the story goes from the present to past and back to the present, where we learn in detail about Yuichi and Shusuke. There are a couple of surprises that you don't see coming and the story might have its flaws- but they didn't seem to bother me, as I was simply engrossed with the dense context of the film.

Like I typed before this is an haunting and intense tale about teenage angst, there is a lot of agonizing imagery and confronting situations like violence, depression, rape, suicide, prostitution and bullying. This gives it such a grim and disturbing undertone, so it might alienate certain viewers.

For me it was a breath-taking and visually satisfying experience.

5/5

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