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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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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 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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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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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Next time Iwai
18 October 2005 | by AtavistenSee all my reviews

Iwai argumented that we should see it twice, but I don't see that happening. Its not a bad movie, but its not good either. Hana and Arisu are best friends, but when Hana is stalking a boy they both are in love with and tells him after he hits his head that he has had amnesia and she is his girlfriend, Hana and Arisu has no longer much time for each other.

The story has too many elements that lead nowhere, without having much to say and that also goes for the relationship between Hana and the boy. And Hana is overacting her mimics to compensate for talent. That is a bit annoying.

Some peculiarities brighten it up, like for instance a wonderful sequence with an argument in front of some windows where a big Astroman balloon is knocking on the windows.

I have not given up on Iwai yet.


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