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Hana and Alice

2004 2h 13m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 86% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
After a boy she likes has a run-in with a wall, a teen convinces him that he has amnesia and that she's his girlfriend. Complications arise when her best friend decides she also fancies him. Read More Read Less

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Harris Dang easternKicks.com With an odd yet amusing sense of humour, a wistful plot, beautifully melodic music, captivating female characters and immersive cinematography, Hana and Alice is a great starter for those who love slice-of-life films. Rated: 4.5/5 Oct 30, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Shunji Iwai's common exquisite, although looking a bit loose & deliberate with Japanese own typical lengthiness. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A weird and funny slice-of-life white lie Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review jesse o I liked this movie, even if it is a bit unfocused and strangely paced. I do like that the film focuses on the characters own issues separately from their issue with Masa. While I like the fact that these girls' lives (or at least the lives as they are presented in the film) don't revolve completely around this boy they both like and who they manipulate by convincing him that he has amnesia and he has forgotten his relationship with both girls, when in fact he never had a relationship with either one. I liked this part of the film and it's interesting to see the characters' motivations for doing what they do. The movie is as much a coming-of-age story as much as it is a romance, but the problem is that the way the film is edited together. The movie jumps back and forth between both girls individual stuff and when they're with Masa and it doesn't really flow well. The way the film is put together, it felt like a collection of episodes from a web-show. I think very little attention was put into how the film would gel and you can tell. As mentioned the film is too long for its own good as well. I don't think there's any reason to justify the film being as long as it is. Yea the film is divided into two parts, the parts where you look at the girls and their individual lives and the part where they're fighting for Masa. There's simply not material when you put both together to justify its length. Edit this movie by about 20 minutes, and the film really is considerably better because it can be a funny flick, not hilarious, but funny. The movie is still pretty good but it's a film that can, and most likely will, test your patience with its length. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Finally watched this movie. So sweet :) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member ??????????????????????????? ?????????? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A high school friendship tale and love story based around an implausible premise that manages to feel plausible for a large part. It was recommended to me based on the quality of the cinematography and overall it is pretty nice, with only a few scenes dipping down towards the low standard of Japanese television drama (of which the same can be said of the story and acting). A few scenes and even plot points could have just as well been cut as the movie feels its 2 hour plus length, but still if you can get past the slightly strange premise it's worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After a boy she likes has a run-in with a wall, a teen convinces him that he has amnesia and that she's his girlfriend. Complications arise when her best friend decides she also fancies him.
Director
Shunji Iwai
Producer
Shunji Iwai, Koko Maeda
Screenwriter
Shunji Iwai
Production Co
Rockwell Eyes inc.
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 10, 2007
Runtime
2h 13m