Wonderful World End

Incorporating live video feed-style footage, text message overlays, and more than its fair share of on-screen emoji, Matsui’s film is a freewheeling peek into the world of teen fascination with fame and identity, focusing on Shiori (Ai Hashimoto), a small-time model struggling to boost her career via her interactive blog. She has one admirer: overly shy Ayumi (Jun Aonami), who has a habit of dressing in the same garb as Shiori and following her to shoots. The film amplifies their unorthodox friendship with liberal forays into fantasy and a clever regard for adolescent fickleness and internet-era indulgence.

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Drama, Comedy