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Hana to Arisu (2004)

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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Shunji Iwai

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Shunji Iwai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anne Suzuki ... Hana
Yû Aoi ... Setsuko "Alice" Arisugawa
Tomohiro Kaku Tomohiro Kaku ... Masashi Miyamoto
Shôko Aida Shôko Aida ... Alice's Mother
Hiroshi Abe ... Alice's Mother's Companion
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Alice's Father
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Ballet Teacher
Takao Ohsawa ... Photographer
Ryôko Hirosue ... Editor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eri Fuse
Ayumi Itô
Kazusa Matsuda Kazusa Matsuda
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Audition Juror
Makoto Sakamoto Makoto Sakamoto
Hiroko Sakurakawa 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

13 March 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hana and Alice See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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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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Only a Memory...or is it?
9 January 2005 | by MeganeguardSee all my reviews

After the dark world of _All About Lily Chou Chou_ in which junior high kids are involved in prostitution, extortion, and murder, Iwai returns with _Hana and Alice_, a film that brings the audience to the tried and true theme of the love triangle. This time involving the young trio of Hana, Alice, and Masashi.

The story begins with the friends Hana, acted by Suzuki Anne, _Returner_, _9 Souls_, and Alice, Aoi Yu, _All About Lily Chou Chou_, _Harmful Insect_, crossing frozen fields to a distant train station. There, Alice shows Hana the object of her affection: a tall Japanese-American. The two girls ride the the train many times. Even taking secret photographs of biracial young man and a younger student who they assume is his half-brother.

However, eventually, Alice's crush is gone and only the younger man, whose nose is always in a book, rides the train. Alice is heartbroken, But Hana continues riding the train, affection for the young man growing in her heart.

When high school begins, Hana joins the Rakugo club because her crush, Miyamoto Masashi, is also a member of the club. One day, while following her crush, Hana witnesses Masashi hits his head hard on a garage door knocking him to the ground. Hana rushes up to him and asks him if he is okay. Masashi begins reciting some of his rakugo lines and is convinced that he is okay, but Hana asks him if he remembers her. On this he is not so clear, Hana then states that she is his girlfriend. This of course shocks Masashi and so begins the process of Masashi trying to recover from an amnesia created by the lovesick Hana.

I was worried by the premise of this film at first, because it has been done a number of times before. However, I should have had more faith in Iwai Shunji. This is truly a good film and it really tugs on the heart strings. Those of us who have had our love for someone else non-reciprocated while definitely be touched. The acting is well done. Especially that of Aoi Yu who played Tsuda Shiori, the young girl forced to be a prostitute in _Lily Chou Chou_. The music, as always, is very nice, and this time it was actually composed by Iwai Shunji.


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