Asako I & II

Japan / 2018 / 119 minutes / NR

One day Asako’s first love suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. An official selection of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Asako I & II is the newest film from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, the acclaimed director of Happy Hour.

  • “Critic’s Pick! Bewitching and sometimes unsettling… Breathtaking… Hamaguchi executes [the premise] with elegantly rendered realism.”

    — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
  • Asako I & II is a knockout.”

    — Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
  • "Enchanting... Playful and profound... A truly original riff on the doppelgänger touchstone that is Vertigo."

    — Dennis Lim, Film Comment
  • "Beguiling and mysterious."

    — Michael Leader, Sight & Sound
  • "Intoxicating. Hamaguchi’s mastery is making you hang on every moment... It’s thrilling to try and guess where he’ll take the story next."

    — Davey Jenkins, Little White Lies
  • "Beautiful. A fable of love lost and found."

    — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
  • "By far the most surprising and satisfying selection of this year's Cannes Competition."

    — Josh Cabrita, Cinema Scope
  • "An exquisite showcase for nuanced performances and a filmmaker in complete control... Hamaguchi is one of the most innovative filmmakers in contemporary Asian cinema."

    — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
  • "A precise and romantic work, paying close attention to the evolution of its characters. Captivates above all by the delicacy of its editing. Hamaguchi describes love as the perpetual reiteration of an initial impression."

    — Mathieu Macheret, Le Monde
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