All About Lily Chou-Chou

All About Lily Chou-Chou ★★★★

I said this before, but this is the A Brighter Summer Day for the message board era. But Iwai lacks Yang's precision, his propensity for dreaminess, in soundtrack and editing, undercuts the impact of the film's social critique. It's a mood of alienation, rather than a portrait of it. That's not invaluable.

We float in Iwai's other teen dramas. In this one, we drown.

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