Hana to Alice (Hana & Alice) (2004)
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Shunji Iwai's common exquisite, although looking a bit loose & deliberate with Japanese own typical lengthiness.
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.
One of the films I'd recommend to those who say "Japanese movies these days suck!" Undoubtedly this film will make you admit that you are wrong.
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