Trauma and sensation: a study of the youth icon in All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

Wai-fung So*

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review


    Through an analysis of All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001), this paper adopts the contemporary paradigm of cinematic affect in the study of contemporary Japanese cinema. Contextualizing the film within the rise of the Japanese New Independent in the 1990s, it argues that contemporary Japanese cinema exists as an assemblage of auteurist works that revisit Japanese culture and identities with cinematic iconography. This paper combines a historical profile of film director Iwai Shunji and a critical review of the Deleuzian-influenced paradigm of cinematic affect from which it theorizes an ‘affective icon’ for the appreciation of Iwai’s film, embodied with the traumatic expression of the youth icon.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-170
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Japanese and Korean Cinema
    Issue number2
    Early online date10 Oct 2023
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Communication
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Gilles Deleuze
    • Iwai Shunji
    • affect
    • backlighting
    • film spectatorship
    • youth icon


    Dive into the research topics of 'Trauma and sensation: a study of the youth icon in All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this