Saturday, May 3, 2008

All about Lili Chou Chou / Riri shushu no subete (Japan, 2001)

I was told to watch this movie by my friend far away, she said it's a movie almost no one understands but that I would like it. And like everything she ever said: She was complete right!
It's film that is not easy to be understood but it is a very good one, though it will hurt every inch of your soul.
I am talking about All about Lily Chou Chou by director Shunji Iwai. It's difficult though to explain what this movie is about. I guess you could say it's a movie about growing up. Growing up in an absurd Japanse popculture and growing up as virtual indentities. One of the best coming of age movies ever made, I dare to say. How dofficult your life can be in your teens, when no one can understand you but yourself or an idol who seems to write her songs for you.

This movie lacks almost everything most people are looking for: like a good storyline, clear characters and the development of this. It is no ta bad thing it points the finger at the problems in such a society like Japan where the pressure to be succesful is too high. Childs get bullied in the most heavy ways and the lack of open communication makes it worse. It's about getting hurt over and over again, about boys who get bullied and turn themselves in the meanest bullies there are. About trying to find your way out of this hellhole on the internet where you describe your own world, the ether you live in. About escapism through music.

This movie consists entirely of pain and loneliness, it will feel like a knife through your heart. The music is almost too great and with the scenery and the entire cinematography is brilliant.

Not too many will like it I am afraid but in my eyes it's a modern day masterpiece that gets you in every way possible.


1minutefilmreview said...

Loved Shunji Iwai and all his films including this one, truly amazing.

Meinte said...

Shunji Iwai is brilliant indeed, I watched three of his films this weekend!