All About Lily Chou-Chou
A 2001 film directed by Shunji Iwai that revolves around the friendship between Yuichi Hasumi and Shunsuke Hoshino. Two rather timid boys in middle school who are regularly confronted with bullying. The two boys nonetheless become fast friends. However, this changes after a fated summer vacation in which Hoshino almost drowns. From then on, he's no longer the same and the friendship between the two is changed forever.
- Anachronic Order
- Break the Cutie: Several times, to several different characters.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Debussy's quiet piano pieces play over such scenes as a gang rape.
- The Dog Bites Back
- Enjo Kosai: Hoshino eventually blackmails a girl into becoming this under his 'payroll'.
- Important Haircut: Kuno shows up in class with her hair crudely shaved off after getting gang-raped.
- It Got Worse
- Jittercam: Some scenes are filmed with a hand-held camera, complete with Camera Abuse.
- Near-Death Experience
- Rape as Drama
- Stacy's Mom: The boys who meet Hoshino's mom all tend to agree that she's really pretty.
- The boys actually discuss how she looks a lot like Izumi Inamori. Guess who plays her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Hoshino.
- We Used to Be Friends