Asako I & II

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Asako I & II


Asako I & II : Sun | February 3 | 3:45 PM | Cap 6
Asako I & II : Tue | February 5 | 9:15 PM | Cap 6

beguiling + mysterious + subtle


Best Screenplay, International Cinephile Society Award

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Country: Japan/France

Year: 2018

Runtime: 119 min


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Asako is blissfully in love with the mysterious and handsome Baku. But when her free-spirited boyfriend leaves for an errand and doesn’t return, Asako (Erika Karata) is left heartbroken and unable to cope.


A chance meeting stuns her when she inadvertently runs into Ryohei, a sake salesman who’s the spitting image of her former love (both played by Masahiro Higashide). Asako can barely believe her eyes, and it isn’t long before Asako falls for the doppelgänger of the former boyfriend who left her without so much as a word.


Fast forward five years, the dependable and hard-working Ryohei’s career is on the rise, the couple are living together and decide to settle down in Osaka where she had fled heartbreak years ago.


Her life appears picture perfect, but Asako has a secret and discovers that her ex-boyfriend Baku, now a successful model and actor gracing billboards in Tokyo, is back. She is torn and must choose between the two identical- looking men who couldn’t be more different.


Based on the Tomoka Shibasaki novel, director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s follow- up to the award-winning film Happy Hour, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, balances a finely-crafted love story without sinking into the quicksand of melodrama like so many have done before.


This Palme d’Or-nominated film sees subtle but layered performances from both leads Karata and Higashide. They anchor on-screen chemistry that reads honest, rather than earnest, and deftly navigate the tightrope between Asako’s double-edged sword.



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