Asako I & II
Asako’s first love disappeared suddenly. Two years later, she meets someone who looks exactly like him but acts completely differently.
Southeast AsianJapan / 2018 / 120 MIN / Japanese / PG
Adapted from a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, this is a tale of mirror-image obsession. Asako, a demure college student, falls hard and fast for the free-spirited Baku. Despite warnings from her friends about his heartbreaker reputation, she becomes intoxicated with him. Then Baku abandons Asako without warning or explanation.
Two years later, Asako is astonished to meet Ryôhei, a dull salaryman who is the mirror-image of Baku. Mesmerised by the resemblance, she embarks on a safe, if sterile, relationship with him that lasts over five years. But when Baku, now a successful actor and model, crashes unexpectedly back into Asako’s life, she finds herself torn between the two men, and contemplating risking everything to resolve past grievances.
Cast & Credits
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi began his career under the tutelage of Kiyoshi Kurosawa. His debut feature, Passion, screened at San Sebastian International Film Festival and Tokyo FILMeX. In 2015, his film Happy Hour competed at Locarno Film Festival, where it received the Best Actress Award (given to four of its actresses together) and a Special Mention for its screenplay.
Yuji Sadai, Teruhisa Yamamoto, Yasuhiko Hattori
Sachiko Tanaka, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Masahiro Higashide, Erika Karata
*In Competition, Palme d’Or, Cannes 2018