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Films

Asako I & II

Director(s)
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Country
Japan
Year
2018
Language
Japanese with English or French subtitles
Duration
119 min

*Director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi in attendance May 12th and 13th.

With French subtitles: May 12th
With English subtitles: May 13th

Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.

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 (Erika Karata) and Baku (Masahiro Higashide) 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. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi 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. (Film Society of Lincoln Center)

“An exquisite showcase for nuanced performances and a filmmaker in complete control… Hamaguchi is one of the most innovative filmmakers in contemporary Asian cinema.”Indiewire

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Director(s)
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Country
Japan
Year
2018
Language
Japanese with English or French subtitles
Duration
119 min