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Shoegaze Cinema

From the mid 1990's to the early 2000's, there was a batch of films (generally focused in Asian cinema) that shared key characteristics of a new kind of genre.

This "shoegaze" wave of film focuses on storytelling as emotionally intimate as it is stylistically intimate, exploring the lives of characters that feel alienated from the advances of society. Most of these films indulged in major experimentation with the form of film, be it in how they are shot, edited, scored, or acted. In addition, many of these films are deeply concerned with how the advances of technology impact the lives of the individual, reflecting our existence through recordings and the new world of communication the internet created.

Even when the films don't explicitly utilize shoegaze or dream pop music, they share a sense of dreamy listlessness that only the best shoegaze groups are able to tap into.

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  • Totally Fucked Up
  • Chungking Express
  • Fallen Angels
  • Nowhere
  • Love & Pop
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • Lost in Translation
  • Mysterious Skin