Watch at Home 05.07.2019

All About Lily Chou-Chou

Directed by Shunji Iwai
Film Movement Classics
146 Minutes
Drama, Music, Asian, Classics

For kids around the world, music is often the only salvation when the pain and anxiety of teenage life becomes too much to bear. Yuichi (Hayato Ichihara) is in the 8th grade and he worships Lily Chou-Chou, a Bjork-like chanteuse whose epic music is lush and transcendent. Yuichi only lives for Lily Chou-Chou's big Tokyo concert, where the lies and violence can be washed away by the presence of his goddess and her powerful music. But fate has yet another obstacle in store for Lily's devoted fan.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Shunji Iwai
  • Starring: Hayato Ichihara
  • Starring: Shûgo Oshinari
  • Starring: Ayumi Ito
  • Starring: Takao Ohsawa
  • Starring: Miwako Ichikawa
  • Starring: Izumi Inamori
  • Starring: Yû Aoii




  • "Much of All About Lily Chou-Chou is mesmerizing: some of its plaintiveness could make you weep."
    Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
  • "One of the most haunting, viciously honest coming-of-age films in recent memory."
    Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
  • "Iwai creates Yuichi's world as much through disembodied moments of sight and sound as through action, building to a surprising stab of melancholy. Rating: A-"
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Shunji Iwai’s cruel and heartbreaking tale is a harder watch than most coming-of-age films, and I don’t see myself enduring it a second time, but there’s an undeniable power to its drama. The focus is on two boys who become friends before bullying, school gangs, and brutality have their way with them, and the constant throughout is Lily’s music. It’s a rough watch for the content, but Iwai’s camerawork and style choices also make for an aggressive experience. Fans, though, should rush to pick up this new Blu-ray from Film Movement."
    Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
  • "It’s an interesting tale of teenager coming of age with some serious diversity, and director Shunji Iwai has made a film that people can relate to."
    Mike Spring, Timesunion
  • "Poetic and subtly queer"
    Lawrence Ferber,
  • " it’s well made, well shot with some great camera movement and use of music "
    Ken Murray, The Nerds Templar

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