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.

  • Director

    Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

  • Producer

    Yûji Sadai
    Teruhisa Yamamoto
    Yasuhiko Hattori

  • Cast

    Erika Karata
    Masahiro Higashide

  • "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."

    — Davey Jenkins, Little White Lies
  • "By far the most surprising and satisfying selection of this year's Cannes Competition."

    — Josh Cabrita, Cinema Scope
  • "Beguiling and mysterious."

    — Michael Leader, Sight & Sound
  • "An exquisite showcase for nuanced performances and a filmmaker in complete control."

    — Eric Kohn, Indiewire
  • "Accessible and artful, a combination that should be more common."

    — A.A. Dowd, The AV Club
  • "A lovely meditation on memory and loss, about the power that the past can have to keep us from growing."

    — Steve Pond, The Wrap