Starring Suzuki An, Aoi Yu, Kaku Tomohiro
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Single DVD Disc, from Hong Kong
Language - Japanese
Subtitles - English, Chinese (Traditional)
Region Code - REGION 3 (I will not accept returns for region incompatibility)
Distributor - Panorama
Duration - Approx. 135 mins.
Production Year - 2004
The newest offering from director Shunji Iwai (Love Letter, All About Lily Chou-Chou, April Story), "Hana & Alice", is a delicate comedy about two childhood friends who fall for the same guy.
Secretly following Miyamoto (Kaku Tomohiro) after school one day, Hana (Suzuki Anne) sees him inadvertantly run into a wall, and then collapse senseless on the ground. When he awakens, she convinces him that the bump on the head has given him amnesia, and that she is his girlfriend. In order to keep the fiction alive, Hana is forced to tell Miyamoto more lies, one of which leads to his falling for her best friend Alice (Aoi Yu).
Caught between love and friendship, the girls' relationship takes on a new tone as the two find themselves maturing into young adults. As we have come to expect, Iwai's film is visually gorgeous, and it's bittersweet reminiscences will weave their spell on viewers of all ages.