- Director: Shunji Iwai
- Writer: Shunji Iwai
- Producer: Koko Maeda
Japanese youth culture...a confused conundrum, indeed.
This has, inexplicably, received much praise...when all it is, is a badly filmed teen drama - albeit a little more grubby than the usual fayre - that of the giggling, squeaky-clean Japanese teen.
Contrived from start to finish, it's [indeed] an arduous trek...but, it has its admirers.
Either we are getting too old for teeny-bop fiascoes...or, we can tell the difference between a good fiasco and a bad one!
Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star savior Lily Chou-Chou, embracing her sad, dreamy songs and sharing their fears and secrets in Lilyholic chat rooms. Immersed in the speed of everyday troubles, their lives inevitably climax in a fatal collision between real and virtual identities, a final logging-off from innocence.