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Directed by Daigo Matsui

Japan 2015 84 mins.

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.

Genres: Drama, Comedy

Appears in: Japanese Currents

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