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The Case of Hana & Alice

Hanato Arisu Satsujin Jiken / aka The Murder Case of Hana & Alice

2015, Shunji Iwai, Japan, 99 min.
With Yû Aoi, Anne Suzuki

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 30th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 30th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 31st 2:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 1st 4:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 2nd 5:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 3rd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 4th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Sep 5th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A genuine delight, a great little coming of age film."—Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic.com

"Great fun throughout, with a sly sense of irony."—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

Shunji Iwai followed his 2001 cult classic ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU with the acclaimed HANA AND ALICE (2004), centered on the friendship between two high-school girls. Wistful, funny, and gently ironic, THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE is a stand-alone prequel to the earlier film, detailing how the two friends first met—this time in the form of an animated film, Iwai's first. It begins with 14-year-old Alice's disorienting move from the big city to the boondocks. She finds her new school apparently haunted by the spirit of a boy who mysteriously disappeared and is rumored to be dead. Intrigued by the reclusive girl Hana who lives across the street, Alice barges into her house, and the two join forces to solve the mystery. It soon becomes apparent that the flimsy mystery plot is a pretext enabling Iwai to explore mood, themes of impermanence and aging, and the developing bond between Alice and Hana, culminating in an enchanting all-night ramble after the two junior detectives miss the last train home. In Japanese with English subtitles. ProRes digital. (MR)

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