ASAKO I & II

A film by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
2018, 119 minutes
No. 204
Narrative


ASAKO I & II
$375.00
Description
A truly original Vertigo riff, based on a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, Asako I & II is an enchanting, unnerving paean to the notion of love as a trance state. 

Asako and Baku share an intense, all-consuming romance—but one day the moody Baku ups and vanishes. Two years later, having moved from Osaka to Tokyo, Asako meets Baku’s exact double. 

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who gained plenty of attention for 2015’s five-hour-plus Happy Hour, has returned with a beguiling and mysterious film that traces the trajectory of a love—or, to be accurate, two loves—found, lost, displaced, and regained.


Festivals
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival

Reviews
"Intoxicating. Hamaguchi’s mastery is making you hang on every moment to see how he undercuts or develops on his thesis. It’s thrilling to try and guess where he’ll take the story next." — Little White Lies

"Beguiling and mysterious." — Sight & Sound

"An exquisite showcase for nuanced performances and a filmmaker in complete control." — Indiewire