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The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015)

Hana to Arisu satsujin jiken (original title)
After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »

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Shunji Iwai

Writers:

Shunji Iwai (original story), Shunji Iwai (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yû Aoi ... Tetsuko Arisugawa (Alice) (voice)
Anne Suzuki ... Hana (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôko Aida Shôko Aida ... Kayo Arisugawa (voice)
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Kuroyanagi Kenji (voice)
Tomohiro Kaku Tomohiro Kaku ... Asanaga-sensei (voice)
Ryô Katsuji ... Yuda Kotaro (voice)
Midoriko Kimura ... Tomomi Arai (voice)
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Tsutsumi Yuki (voice)
Haru Kuroki ... Satomi Hagino-sensei (voice)
Ranran Suzuki Ranran Suzuki ... Tomomi Mutsu (voice)
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Storyline

After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student in a new middle school. She immediately finds herself bullied due being assigned the seat of "Judas" who is said to have been murdered over a year before. She is told that if anybody knows his fate it would be Hana, the recluse in the house next door, who has been unable to bring herself to attend class since "Judas" disappeared. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El caso de Hana & Alice See more »

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Anne Suzuki and Yû Aoi provide the voices of Hana and Alice, respectively, whom they also played in Hana and Alice (2004). See more »

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Ballet, beauty and mystery
19 July 2015 | by christian94See all my reviews

This anime is fresh and free-flowing. It follows the trials and tribulations of Alice who moves to a new neighbourhood and school. She soon discovers the harsh realities and related fictions around some recent incidents and its repercussions still affecting the surrounding school life.

The narrative keeps you guessing and has great depth in character exploration and philosophical musing, including a mysterious old man. It physically and metaphysically moves with the colours of the beautiful drawings. There are a few chases, intertwined with moments of peace, pose and beauty like the underlying aesthetics of ballet.

A rare mixture of quirkiness and quintessential existentialism, married with some strong storytelling elements to make it a superb artistic whole that will stand multiple viewing and the test of time.

In terms of story, imagine Old Boy but with teenagers and love theme instead of grown-up violence and revenge. But it terms of tone, it is light-hearted yet intellectual, artistic and emotional.

A great addition to the top-notch anime productions we come to expect from Japan. This time as a first animation feature from gifted and acclaimed Shunji Iwai who writes, direct, edit and even provides music to this miraculous masterpiece.

Japan 2015 | 110 mins | FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | HD | Japanese (English subtitles)


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