the usagi incidents

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Hana and Alice (2004)

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Summary: 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.

Review: I LOVE Iwai's films, and this is just another triumph for him. This film originally started as a series of short films done for Kit Kat Japan, and so the film differs slightly as all three short films were condensed for the cinematic version. Suzuki Anne is one of my favourite actresses, so it was nice to see her do comedy for once. I wasn't quite sure she could really do it since I'd never seen her in a comedic role before, but she didn't let me down. As for the story, it's a commonly seen one but Iwai always manages to put a spin on things like this. Hana and Alice is a wonder, and everyone should so see it.

Final Review: A+

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