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Montreal's Fantasia Adds North American Premiere of The Case of Hana & Alice Film

posted on by Daryl Lee Hale
Film festival also to host live-action Lupin III, Princess Jellyfish films

The 19th annual Fantasia International Film Festival's official website has added the North American premiere of The Case of Hana & Alice and the live-action films Lupin III and Princess Jellyfish to its lineup.

The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) is Shunji Iwai's animated prequel to his 2004 coming-of-age film Hana & Alice. The film, Iwai's first feature-length animation, tells the story of how the two female high school leads in the Hana & Alice film met. Iwai conceived, wrote, and directed the original 2004 live-action Hana & Alice.

The Case of Hana & Alice opened in Japan in February. The film also competed at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival last month.

The 2014 Lupin III movie is the first live-action adaptation of Lupin III in four decades. The film opened in Japan last August.

Madman Entertainment, which released the film on home video in Australia and New Zealand in June, describes the movie:

Interpol Inspector Zenigata begins a world-wide hunt for the infamous thief Arsène Lupin III, who, with his cavalcade of collaborators infiltrate a highly secured fortress-like safe named the 'Ark of Navarone' to claim the "Crimson Heart of Cleopatra".

The iconic Monkey Punch character gets a vibrant modern action makeover by legendary genre filmmaker, Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS).

The Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) live-action film adapts Akiko Higashimura's manga of the same name. The film opened in theaters in Japan last December.

The manga inspired the 2010 Princess Jellyfish television anime series that Funimation released in North America. Funimation describes the story:

Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight, nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen... who's actually a guy. When the threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom, or will she end up a hot mess?

The Fantasia Film Festival is also hosting the North American premieres of the Miss Hokusai anime film and the live-action Fatal Frame film, and the international premiere of the live-action Assassination Classroom film.

The event will take place from July 14-August 4 in Montreal.

[Via WTK]

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