All About Lily Chou-Chou Movie Review
All About Lily Chou-Chou, a movie released on October 6, 2001. It represents a world where teenagers turn to music to relieve their anxiety and stress. The film also revolves around a cruel world, where a bullied high school student uses Lily Chou-Chou’s music to escape from the harsh reality and the things around him. The cinematography of this movie was so fresh, and very artsy as it was recorded on a Sony camera. It was also the first film to be recorded on a Sony camera. This amazing film was definitely beautiful to watch. There were also some parts in this film that were really disturbing and depressing to watch, so keep that in mind as just a heads-up. The producers and the directors did so well in directing this movie, it showed the reality, and struggles of being a high school student, and criminal gangs that involved intense humiliation. The music presented in this movie was really beautiful and created a mystique ambiance towards the film.
The opening of the movie starts off with 14-year-old Yuichi Hasumi. He stands in a tall grass field, with headphones on listening to one of Lily Chou-Chou’s songs. Yuichi Hasumi is a boy who idolizes Lily Chou-Chou’s songs. In the movie, Lily is the only artist to exist in this world. Her physical appearance isn’t there, but her presence is definitely there. One of her songs consists of a repetition of words such as “I see you, and you see me.” It felt like the artist was really there. The songs that were in this film were like invisible strings connecting the movie together.
The timeline in this movie goes from the present to the past and then the present. It shows us a representation of Yuichi and his background. This film was composed amazingly well, but some parts of the movie were intense, and disturbing. Though I never let that stop me from watching it. After watching this film, I felt completely empty after. I felt like I could relate to this film, because I know people out there are also experiencing what Yuichi is experiencing. I don’t really recommend this movie to anyone who is sensitive to any of the experiences happening in the movie such as intense humiliation. Other than that, this film is beautiful and artsy.
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