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Hana and Alice (2004)

Rating:
7.30
Year:
2004
Country:
Japan
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Duration:
134

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ABOUT MOVIE HANA AND ALICE

Hana and Alice is a Japanese film directed by Shunji Iwai, released in 2004 in Japan.

The film was originally based on a series of short advertising films for the Nestlé brand produced in 2003. It was screened at several international film festivals. It tells the story of two teenage girls, Hana (Anne Suzuki) and Alice (Yū Aoi).

HANA AND ALICE SYNOPSIS

When Alice begins to fall in love with a stranger at the train station, she offers her best friend, Hana, the stranger's "half brother", Masashi. Hana refuses, but after watching Masashi from a distance, she develops feelings for him. She chases him traveling on his regular train during the winter.

During the spring, Hana and Alice enroll in Masashi's school. Hana learns that Masashi is a member of the storytelling club, which leads her to join. While she continues to track him secretly, she witnesses him crashing into a garage door, which leaves him unconscious. Upon waking up, he finds Hana leaning over him. She reveals that a blow to Masashi's head gave her a case of amnesia and that she is his girlfriend. Hana and Masashi soon leave as a couple while she continues to deceive him about their relationship. Alice gets involved with Hana's lies by pretending that she is Masashi's ex-girlfriend. Alice, however, is chosen for a modeling job and manages to enter. She also tries to reconnect with her father.

Through a series of events, a love triangle unexpectedly develops between Hana, Alice and Masashi, when Masashi falls in love with Alice, who he still believes to be his ex. Masashi eventually discovers Hana's lie about his amnesia and reacts accordingly, which tests Hana and Alice's friendship. Alice goes on to audition for a model job for the front page of a magazine cover. To prove her worth, she presents a ballet choreography that impresses the casting director. The final photo involves Hana and Alice laughing at Alice's cover photo.

HANA AND ALICE CAST

Anne Suzuki - Hana Arai

Yū Aoi - Tetsuko "Alice" Arisugawa

Tomohiro Kaku - Masashi "Mr. Miya" Miyamoto

Shoko Aida - Kayo Arisugawa (Alice's mother)

Hiroshi Abe - Alice's mother's boyfriend

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