THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE

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When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

Shunji Iwai’s THE CASE OF HANA & ALICE uses rotoscope animation, a technique that traces over live-action footage, in the prequel to his beloved live-action film HANA AND ALICE. Animation allowed him to bring back Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki to reprise their roles as high schoolers ten years after the original.

A film by Shunji Iwai. Japan, released in Japan in 2015, 100 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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