You'll either love or hate Shunji Iwai's latest offering, Hana & Alice. On the one hand, the story is rather meandering and it can be accused of being too slow-paced. But for those who are happy to sit back and let the drama gently unfold, it offers a quirky portrait of two teenage girls experiencing the first flush of love. This dreamy little tale of a teenage love triangle revolves around a lie. Hana (Anne Suzuki) has her eyes on Miyamoto (Tomohiro Kaku), a senior at her high school. To convince him to go out with her, Hana convinces Miyamoto that he suffers from amnesia, and that he has dumped her best friend Alice (Yu Aoi) so that they can be together. Unwillingly, Alice is dragged into Hana's lie and reluctantly plays the role of Miyamoto's ex-girlfriend. But it doesn't turn out quite as Hana wishes. Iwai's previous films such as Love Letter and All About Lili Chou Chou all touched on the subjects of youth and love and Hana & Alice is no exception. You certainly won't be disappointed if you are a fan of Iwai's signature illusionary romantic sequences, which are used to good effect in scenes of a ballet and three high school students spending a day out at the beach. Iwai has put a lot of effort into portraying the characters of Hana and Alice, showing their close friendship and their different attitudes towards love. And through the two characters, the audience builds up a picture of Miyamoto's indecisiveness and weak personality - traits the director believes are only too prominent in modern Japanese boys. This film is not without fault, as towards the middle of the movie, the story starts to drag, spending too much time delving into incidents that are not highly relevant to the main storyline. However, if you enjoyed Iwai's previous films and you like his style, you will find Hanna and Alice a visual and auditory feast of the best the Japanese director has to offer.