■2017.11.16
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“A Bride for Rip Van Winkle” has been chosen to screen at the Poland Five Flavor Film Festival.

The film will be showing two days, on 11/16 (Th) and 11/18 (Sat) at the Poland Five Flavor Film Festival.

Please take this opportunity to watch these films on the big screen.




【Screening Info】

■Poland Five Flavor Film Festival (11/15 ~ 11/22)

“A Bride for Rip Van Winkle”

11/16 (Thu) 20:00
11/18 (Sat) 12:00

Poland Five Flavor Film Festival HP
https://www.piecsmakow.pl/film.do?id=427





 

New Release Director Shunji Iwai new feature film press release!

 
■2015.11.19

Director Iwai Shunji, his much awaited feature film!
The title is 『The Bride of Rip Van Winkle』
Starring: Haru Kuroki, Go Ayano, Cocco

…Tokyo, one woman, living her life the best she can.

Opens in theaters March 26, 2016! Keep your eyes out for it!

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Haru Kuroki (Lead)
I could never imagine that I would end up starring in Director Shunji Iwai’s film when I auditioned for “my little film festival” 3 years ago. I am absolutely in love with the script, the images, music, time, that I spent with the film. I hope the film will bring a little piece of happiness for those who watch the film.
 
 
Iwai Shunji (Story, Script, Director)
I wrote the script, but I didn’t really understand what the story was about. Still, there was a story I wanted to tell.
And I think this has come out in this film, and I’m quite alright with that.
I have decided to wrap up this story which has been long in the making.
I started on it just after 3.11, and before I knew it 4 and a half years had passed.
 

Director/Writer: Iwai Shunji
Starring: Haru Kuroki, Go Ayano, Cocco, Hideki Hara, Go Jibiki, Tomoko Mariya, Sogo Wada, Yugo Saso, Nana Natsume, Akio Kaneda, Lily, and more

The official website for “The Bride of Rip Van Winkle” has opened today!

■『The Bride of Rip Van Winkle』 Official Home Page

http://claps337.jp/rvw/

 


 

A notice regarding the termination of the Back Number Service

 
■2015.10.1

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“The Case of Hana and Alice” Official Soundtrack Now on Sale!

■2015.01.24

Together with the release of Iwai Shunji’s first feature-length animation,
“The Case of Hana and Alice”, the official soundtrack “fish in the pool” is now on sale.
The music is by Hec & Pascal, the unit by Iwai Shunji, Kuwabara Mako, and Shiina Kotone.
The album is a re-arrangement of the songs in the “Hana and Alice” soundtrack,
along with new compositions for a total of 20 tracks.
The theme song, “fish in the pool” is a score
which transformed from a melodic piano piece into a lyrical piece.
Iwai wrote the lyrics and Kuwabara arranged the piece, with Shiina at the mic.
The song has become an evergreen gift for the long-beloved world of Hana and Alice.
The official soundtrack “fish in the pool” will be released on
the premier date of “The Case of Hana and Alice”, February 20th!

Reserve yours now at the Yen Town Market!

■Yen Town Market■
http://www1.enekoshop.jp/shop/iwaiff/

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“The Case of Hana and Alice” to be released 2015.02.20!

■2015.01.29

The additional cast information was released!
Alice is played by Aoi Yu, and Hana by Suzuki Anne,
and in addition Alice’s mother is played by Aida Shoko, Alice’s father by Hiraizumi Sei,
Hana’s mother by Kimura Midoriko, the ballet teacher by Kimura Tae,
an ensemble gathering of the previous “Hana and Alice”.

Also, we bring back Kaku Tomohiro who played Miyamoto in the teacher role!
Further we have Katsuji Ryo for the role of Yuda Kotaro, the key man in the murder mystery
For their school teacher we have Kuroki Haru, for a strange classmate Suzuki Ranran,
We bring together a magnificent acting ensemble
to breath new life into the animated world of “Hana and Alice”.

We have comments from our cast
which we bring to you along with the storyboards by Iwai Shunji

iwai_240Iwai Shunji (Story, Script, Music, Director)
 
 
Even after making the film, the two stayed within me.
And although 10 years had passed,
they were still there and before I knew it I was making an animation.
How long these two plan to stay with me,
I don’t have a clue.
 
 
 
 

 

aoiyu_300Aoi Yu (Alice)
 
10 years since my time as Alice.
My voice has thickened since then but I gave it my all.
Thank you for a vibrant youth two times around.
It was a pleasure to return to Alice.
I can’t wait for the film to be finished.
 

 

suzukian_300Suzuki Anne (Hana)
 
I can’t express my joy for seeing Hana and Alice again.
With 10 years past and myself nearing 30 (!),
can I play a middle schooler…I’m a little wary.
But if people enjoy it, that’s all I can ask for.
 
 

 

katsujiryo_300Katsuji Ryo (voice: Yuda Kotaro)
Whenever I first worked with director Iwai, I was still in my teens and I was scolded by him a lot…
It was great though to be able to work with him again. It was a short 10 minute recording, but it went well and smoothly (lol)
I’ve known Aoi Yu and Suzuki Anne very well since 10 years ago but since then
they have not dwindled a bit and have given new life to the world of “Hana and Alice”
 

 

kurokiharu_300Kuroki Haru (Hana and Alice’s teacher, voice: Ogino)
 
Hana and Alice becoming an animation, and this is a story about how they first met…
I’m blessed to be able to see the start of their magnificent adventure.
 
 
 
 

 

kimuratae_300Kimura Tae (ballet teacher, voice: Sakaki Yuki)
 
That adorable duo has come back.
I’m pleased as well that I’ve been able to come back as the ballet teacher.
Why don’t you come join us and find out how this world comes to shape again as an animation.
 
 

 

hiraizumisei_300Hiraizumi Sei (Alice’s father, voice: Kuroyanagi Kenji)
 
As in the previous film, I play Alice’s father.
Meeting with director Iwai again after some hiatus, it was indeed a pleasurable time.
I’m also playing another important role in this film, and hopefully you enjoy that as well.
 
 

 

aidasyoko_300Aida Shoko (Alice’s mother, voice: Arisukawa Kayo)
 
For me, this is my first time as a voice actor.
10 years since my time playing Alice’s mother, I truly enjoyed her characteristics as someone who isn’t quite there.
This new work brings out new elements to these characters which is fabulous, and makes you unable to look away.
 

 

suzukiranran_300Suzuki Ranran (Classmate, voice: Mutsu Mutsumi)
 
My TV drama debut was “Ghost Soup” by director Iwai.
It’d been a long since I’d seen him last, but he had not changed a bit.
The recording was quite fun, but to play a middle schooler now, I was honestly quite nervous.
 
 
 

 

kakutomohiro_300Kaku Tomohiro (voice: Tomonaga)
 
It’s been 10 years since the release of “Hana and Alice” but I’m still feeling blessed to be a part of such a beloved film. For this animation, I’m happy to partake though it’s a role different from Minamoto. And meeting with director Iwai too, he’s unchanged in the comfort he brings and I was able to go to the recording in good spirits. Even as an animation, Hana and Alice are just as I remember them. I hope you enjoy our work.

 

kimuramidoriko_300Kimura Midoriko (Hana’s mother, voice: Arai Tomomi)
 
Seeing director Iwai, and also Hana’s mother after 10 years time,
it was a pleasure being back in that world.
To think that my daughter had been a recluse…
There were plot elements which I’d never have guessed,
but it’s interesting to think that this was what happened before the live action film.
 

 
 
“The Case of Hana and Alice” will be released in theaters nationwide on February 20th, 2015!
Don’t miss it!
 
■“The Case of Hana and Alice” Official Sit■
 hana-alice.jp
 
■“Kit Kat” Special Site■
 http://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
 
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A year full of firsts has started!

■2015.01.05
Happy New Year!

Last year was eventful year for Iwai Shunji with the premier of his first short animation “TOWN WORKERS”,
the music of “Hec to Pascal”, and much more.

To start of 2015, “Iwai Shunji MOVIE Lab” will start on NHK E-TV from January 8th!
The first time Iwai Shunji will lead a show.

Also, “The Case of Hana and Alice”, Iwai Shunji’s first step into a new endeavor
will be released in theaters February 20th (fri)!

On January 23rd (fri) is Hec to Pascal’s first live
and on March 18th (thu) their first mini album “booker” will be released
starting off the year with a bang.

We can’t say much yet, but there are also several projects on the move!
Please await our release!

Thank you for being with us in this new year!

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The public release for Director Iwai Shunji’s newest work!

■2014.10.16

“Hana and Alice” the live action film still loved by many comes back as a feature animation!
Our vocal leads are again Aoi Yu and Suzuki Anne! Entitled “The Case of Hana and Alice”!
The story follows Hana and Alice back when they first met.
But why is it a case? A murder? Director Iwai Shunji’s first animation work.
How will the “Hana and Alice” world come back onto the screen? The release is this spring! Get excited!
 

iwai(80)Iwai Shunji (Story, Script, Music, Director)
Even after making the film, the two stayed within me.
And although 10 years had passed, they were still there and before I knew it I was making an animation. How long these two plan to stay with me, I don’t have a clue.

 

aoi(80)Aoi Yu (Alice)
10 years since my time as Alice. My voice has thickened since then but I gave it my all.
Thank you for a vibrant youth two times around.
It was a pleasure to return to Alice. I can’t wait for the film to be finished.

 

suzukian(80)Suzuki Anne (Hana)
I can’t express my joy for seeing Hana and Alice again.
With 10 years past and myself nearing 30 (!), can I play a middle schooler…I’m a little wary.
But if people enjoy it, that’s all I can ask for.

 

The official website for “The Case of Hana and Alice” is now open!

■The official website for “The Case of Hana and Alice”■
 hana-alice.jp

Also “Hana and Alice” brings back memories of its collaboration with “Kit Kat”.
We have yet another collaboration in the works such as special packages and more so please be on the look-out!
On the “Kit Kat” special site, you can view the live-action short film version of “Hana and Alice” in segments!

■“Kit Kat” Special Site■
 http://nestle.jp/brand/kit/
 
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Hec & Pascal “Bokura” Release!

 
■2014.09.24
“TOWN WORKERS”, a short animation written and directed by Iwai Shunji.
Those of you who were wondering about the ending song, sorry for the wait!
 
Hec & Pascal’s second single “Bokura” has been released in the iTunes Store,
Amazon, and other music sites!
 
Here we also have the video from the recording session of “Bokura” so take a look!
 
 
■ Hec & Pascal “Bokura” iTunes Page
https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/bokura-single/id914389761
 
■Hec & Pascal “Bokura” Amazon Page
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00N79PFDI
 
 
 

Bokura
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Lyrics: Iwai Shunji
Composition: Kuwabara Mako
Vocal: Shiina Kotone

 
 
 
 
 


The New Realm of Iwai Shunji, now released!

■2014.09.18

“TOWN WORKERS”, the new short film which Iwai Shunji tried his hand with animation.
All three segments are getting a simultaneous release.

A collaboration between the work-magazine “Town Work” and Iwai Shunji.
The story follows youth who start working their first part-time job.
The ending is scored by Hecto Pascal and their second single “Bokura”.
This unique method and coloration is done by rotoscoping, a technique of tracing live action footage.
Our singer Shiina Kotone also appears as our cast, so do keep your eyes out for that as well!

“TOWN WORKERS” is on release here and at the Town Work website!

[Town Work Official Website]
http://cm.townwork.net/twks

And the culture news site [CINRA.net] has posted a long interview with Iwai Shunji!
There are deep talks about “TOWN WORKERS” and the creation of his first animation. Don’t miss it!

[CINRA.net]
http://www.cinra.net/interview/201409-iwaishunji

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“Kaze ga Fuiteru” Release on June 4th!

■2014.06.04
 
“Kaze ga Fuiteru” by Hec & Pascal, which was used as the insert song for the TV drama “Nazo no Tenkousei”.
One hardly ever comes in contact with such an unique voice and a rare name such as <Hec & Pascal>

A trio unit of actor/singer songwriter Shiina Kotone, composer/pianist Kuwabara Mako,
and film director Iwai Shunji make up the music unit <Hec & Pascal>.
All members write their own songs and are creating music in a free and borderless style.
Coming together from different fields and backgrounds, the three are “unforeseeable” in a good way.
Don’t miss their next move!

Their debut single “Kaze ga Fuiteru” is getting limited online release today June 4th!

And together with the release, we are also releasing the music video!
The director of the music video is of course, Iwai Shunji. Otherwise known as Pascal.

Also at the Iwai Shunji Film Festival we are showing the live version of “Kaze ga Fuiteru”!

And the official Hec & Pascal Twitter and Facebook have started as well!
 

Kaze ga Fuiteru
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Score/Lyrics: Iwai Shunji
Arrangement: Kuwabara Mako
Vocal: Shiina Kotone

【Twitter】https://twitter.com/Hec_and_Pascal
【Facebook】https://www.facebook.com/Hec.and.Pascal

Don’t miss this!

“Kaze ga Fuiteru” by Hec & Pascal is available online at the iTunesStore, Amazon,
and other music sites from June 4th!


Iwai Shunji Film Festival renewal information

■2014.06.01

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