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Hana & Alice (2004) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Suzuki Anne (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor)
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The newest offering from director Iwai Shunji (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 An) sees him inadvertently 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.
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Product Title: Hana & Alice (2004) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 花與愛麗絲 (2004) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 花与爱丽丝 (2004) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 花とアリス(2004/日本) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Hana & Alice (2004) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 花與愛麗詩 花与爱丽诗
Artist Name(s): Suzuki Anne (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Kaku Tomohiro (Actor) 鈴木杏 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 廣末涼子 (Actor) | 大澤隆夫 (Actor) | 阿部寬 (Actor) | 郭智博 (Actor) 铃木杏 (Actor) | 苍井优 (Actor) | 广末凉子 (Actor) | 大泽隆夫 (Actor) | 阿部宽 (Actor) | 郭智博 (Actor) 鈴木杏 (Actor) | 蒼井優 (Actor) | 広末涼子 (Actor) | 大沢たかお (Actor) | 阿部寛 (Actor) | 郭智博 (Actor) Suzuki Anne (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Hirosue Ryoko (Actor) | Osawa Takao (Actor) | Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Kaku Tomohiro (Actor)
Director: Iwai Shunji 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 이와이 슌지
Writer: Iwai Shunji 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 岩井俊二 이와이 슌지
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-07-31
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Taisheng Multimedia Corporation
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1044421746

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【頭文字D】鈴木杏 【東京家族】蒼井優【送行者】廣末涼子

岩井俊二之青春三部曲 【HD高畫質數位全新復刻版】

青春永遠是一段瘋狂的回憶‧深深烙印在你我的腦海

花(Hana)(鈴木杏飾)暗戀著社團的學長,經常暗中跟蹤。有一天,學長無意間撞倒了頭,一時昏眩,花趁機撒下漫天大謊,說他得了短期失憶症,連她這個女友都記不得。學長半信半疑,兩人開始交往。直到他發現他曾偷偷拍過他的照片,與花宣稱兩人交往的時間不符,花為了圓謊,扯出好朋友愛麗絲(Alice)是他的前女友,相片是不願分手的愛麗絲拍的。謊言越扯越大,愛麗絲只好幫著好友掰下去。「我們當時為什麼分手?」男生問。愛麗絲沒有回答,她發現,她也愛上了這個男孩。三角戀情如何收拾,花與愛麗絲兩人的友情又該如何繼續?

「她愛他愛她」的愛戀故事,是三角情如四月櫻花般盛開,瞬間又如芭蕾舞般旋轉旋轉的落在地上。花與愛麗絲,要好的一對姊妹花。花愛他;愛麗絲卻不理睬他;他卻又不怎愛花。一次意外,他撞上大閘,昏眩的倒在地上,醒後,花對他說:「我是你的女友。」連小朋友都看得破的大話,如今落在他的身上,竟又如斯湊用,如同中了魔咒的信以為真……

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Professional Review of "Hana & Alice (2004) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

October 11, 2006

This professional review refers to Hana & Alice (DTS Version) (2 Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Shunji Iwai's Hana and Alice started out as a series of short films in 2003 for the webpage of a certain chocolate company. The three-part series chronicles a love triangle between high school students Hana (Anne Suzuki, also in Hong Kong film Initial D), Alice (Yu Aoi), and Miyamoto (Tomohiro Kaku). Later, Iwai would add over an hour and a half of footage to form the feature film version of Hana and Alice. After the dark high school drama All About Lily Chou-Chou, Iwai decided to return to the more innocent side of high school. This time, the bullying and cultural reflection are gone, replaced by good old-fashioned puppy love and a bit of ballet. While for any other filmmaker, a film like this might merely mark a diversion in their filmography, a new Iwai film is always an event. However, with the usual Iwai quirky humor and charming detail, Hana and Alice goes to show that perhaps high school in the Iwai universe can be too innocent.

Hana and Alice (short for her last name Arisugawa) are the best of friends in junior high school. Alice is the free spirit who acts on her impulses, and Hana's penchant to follow happens to complement her perfectly. One morning, Alice leads Hana on a trip to a strange train station, where they begin to spy on a tall foreign man and someone they presume to be his Japanese younger brother. While a random conversation about Hannibal Lecter would end Alice's schoolgirl crush (Iwai's sense of humor works in mysterious ways), Hana would encounter the young Japanese man, named Miyamoto, again when she joins the Japanese comedy club in high school. Instantly taking a liking to Miyamoto, she begins to follow him after school when he accidentally bangs his head against a metal gate. Hana immediately seizes the opportunity and tells Miyamoto that he has not only suffered amnesia, but also that he is dating her (a new addition that was not in the short films).

Despite his skepticism, Miyamoto plays along until he discovers the pictures Hana took months earlier during her stalking sessions with Alice. Suddenly, Hana has turned Alice into Miyamoto's ex-girlfriend, whom he has also supposedly forgotten, thanks to his "amnesia." As Miyamoto tries to put together his "lost" past with Alice, Alice realizes that she, too, has started to like him. However, Alice has issues of her own - her divorced mother would rather spend more time dating than parenting; her father treats her well, but rarely sees her; and she has been scouted by a talent agency, even though her acting skill is next to nil.

While the short films emphasized the love triangle elements, Hana and Alice is ultimately about the creation of a past. As Hana's deception goes farther and farther, Hana is forced to create more and more details about not one, but two relationships that never existed. She eventually makes up so many lies that she even begins to believe that Miyamoto is really her boyfriend. On the other hand, Hana believes she deserves Miyamoto in the short film simply because she met him first. Even though the short film contains the same scenes featured in the feature film, Hana and Alice the short films and Hana and Alice the feature film are two different creatures altogether.

However, does this new element help Hana and Alice? Yes and no. While the new additions not only thankfully expand considerably on Alice's background, it also adds context to the Hana-Miyamoto-Alice relationship so that it's not simply another high school puppy love romance. The bad news is that, even as the main conflict of the film, the love triangle in Hana and Alice has softened considerably. Since Alice is now a part of Hana's deception, the only real conflicts of the story (Who will get Miyamoto? Will Miyamoto lighten up? Can the girls can any cuter?) have lost much to look forward to. Moreover, the film also loses its balance between the two leads by adding only major details to Alice's background. In the end, even though Alice's story is one of the strong points of the film, the character of Hana has been reduced to a young con artist who'll do anything for love.

Nevertheless, the two leads are absolutely charming. Hana and Alice comes alive whenever the two share the screen thanks to their chemistry. They have such rapport playing best friends that it's hard to imagine they are anything less than that in real life. Of course, the fact that they're playing their own age didn't hurt either. What's even better is that the two leads are just as good on their own. Anne Suzuki gives an enchanting performance as the head-over-heels in love Hana. Even though her character edged on being one-note, she still had a few good dramatic moments occasionally. However, it's Yu Aoi as Alice that has some of the film's best moments, including a memorable dance performance in the end. While Tomohiro Kaku's deadpan Miyamoto takes some time to get used to, he eventually left a favorable impression upon me as well. Then again, his character could've been better written in the first place.

The crew behind the camera is excellent as well. Every technical detail in Hana and Alice is probably helped by the fact that Iwai did not only write and direct the film, but also composed the music and edited the entire film as well. On their final collaboration, cinematographer Noboru Shinoda (who passed away before the film's release) stunningly retained Iwai's signature soft lighting from film to digital. The result is a teenage fairy tale given a truly magical atmosphere that is rarely seen in Western films.

At 45 minutes, the short films were also filled with charm and that high school girl cuteness. Iwai has always paid attention to the details, even in a simple conversation scene on a train platform when the girls started practicing random ballet forms mid-conversation. However, at 135 minutes, Hana and Alice is ultimately too many details and too little story. Even when Iwai adds deception and fabricated past into the plot, it feels like a graduate philosophy course for high school - the idea is there, but it feels out of place. In the end, Hana and Alice is a beautifully made and enjoyably charming story about the strength of friendship, but not much else.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Hana & Alice (2004) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (5)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 30, 2007

This customer review refers to Hana & Alice (Hong Kong Version)
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Glowing snapshot of teen years Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Hana & Alice" beautifully captures the great goofy passion of our teenage years, with its giddy highs and its despairing lows. The two lead actresses, Aoi Yu and Suzuki An, perfectly portray two best friends struggling for maturity as they together face the challenges of life during that phase when nothing seems to matter more than girlfriends, boyfriends, and acceptance by classmates. The director of the film suffuses it all with a playful sense of fun. Very highly recommended for a general audience.
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November 28, 2005

This customer review refers to Hana And Alice (Korean Version)
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A Perfect 10 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have watched this movie with different friends of all cultures about 20 times now, and it keeps getting better each time. This is the most adorable and artistic movies ever. I love this movie to death. I would buy this movie for everyone I know if I could. This is a MUST SEE! After it's over it will have left a feel-good sensation with you that will last the rest of the day. Perfect for cuddling with your girlfriend and watching with. =o)
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March 19, 2005

This customer review refers to Hana & Alice (Hong Kong Version)
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Great movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I just watched this movie last night and I love it! It's a cute little story about two girls who are best friends (and of course a boy is involved). The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is because it was a bit long and the story seemed slightly stretched out. There was a lot going on and it seemed like a bit could have been cut out. But other than that, it was perfect! The musical score added a lot to the film too because it has a mischevious sound to it. Overall it's a lovely movie that will make you smile and I highly recommend it.
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February 5, 2005

This customer review refers to Hana And Alice (Korean Version)
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so cute! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Hana & Alice is sooo cute movie. Story about first love has really big heart and it strokes soul who then feel younger and fresh - full of life.
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August 24, 2004

This customer review refers to hana & alice (Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
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Amazing Story Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is really a nice story, at first before watching it , i thought its some kiddy film as its my first time watching Iwai Shunji's movie. In fact, I was totally wrong, this film takes the timing very well, its 2 hours yet it felt like one hour. The cast are very good and the movie is full of laughter and empathy with the characters. you will feel just at home with it. even though I speak little japanese, the english subtitles are enough to immerse me into the show. great. two thumbs up , all the way.
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