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Hana and Alice (2004)
"Hana to Arisu" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  13 March 2004 (Japan)
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When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

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Credited cast:
Anne Suzuki ...
Hana
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Setsuko "Alice" Arisugawa
Tomohiro Kaku ...
Masashi Miyamoto
Shôko Aida ...
Alice's Mother
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Alice's Mother's Companion
Sei Hiraizumi ...
Alice's Father
Tae Kimura ...
Ballet Teacher
Takao Ohsawa ...
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Ryôko Hirosue ...
Editor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eri Fuse
Kazusa Matsuda
Makoto Sakamoto
Hiroko Sakurakawa
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Upon entering high school, two best friends named Hana and Alice notice a boy a year older them while waiting for the train, and they both develop a pretty strong crush on him. One day while secretly following him home, Hana witnesses the boy walk right into a wall and pass out. When he wakes up, she lies and convinces him that he must have amnesia, because he doesn't remember the fact that she was his girlfriend. After this, hilarity ensues as the two girls attempt to run with the lie. Of course, complications soon arise. Written by John Rogos

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Best friends and boyfriends: which one will you choose?

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Setsuko "Alice" Arisugawa: I saw 'Hannibal' on satellite last night.
Hana: So did I.
Setsuko "Alice" Arisugawa: I was scared.
Hana: Isn't he creepy?
Setsuko "Alice" Arisugawa: Yeah. Don't you think real people are scarier... than zombies and ghosts?
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so much more depth than one would expect
26 December 2007 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

2 teenage girls who are best friends are into the same boy ... Coming from Hollywood such a movie would be shallow for sure, in the style of numerous other high school comedies. Japanese director Shunji Iwai, however, managed to make a movie out of this material which has a lot of depth, a movie that is rich of subtle, moving moments. Rather than showing a simple love story, the focus of the movie is clearly the two girls and their friendship, and how it is being put on the test. Hana and Alice are simply adoring when they quickly come up with another hilarious lie to back up each others made up stories. On the other hand, their love interest is slow and passive most of the time, it seems like he is sleepwalking at times. Unlike Hollywood movies it's a lot about the unsaid, and be prepared that not everything is explained. The film never becomes sentimental nor too heavy, because the drama is lightened up with quite a bit of humor. A very watchable movie indeed ...


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