Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo)

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Asako I & II's high-concept premise is anchored by thought-provoking themes and confident, compelling work from director Ryusuke Hamaguchi.



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A love triangle unfolds between a young woman and two identical men with different personalities. Unable to clarify her feelings for both of them, she becomes trapped in a confused and indecisive state of mind in this philosophical Japanese romantic film.


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  • [A] peculiarly potent story about life's unexpected little ruptures - those odd coincidences, repetitions and shifts in perspective that can set off aftershocks in the human heart.

    Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The movie keeps you guessing, mostly in pleasure, at both its meanings and its methods.

    Jul 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Asako's only appeal seems to be that she's very pretty. Her depth of character she apparently keeps to herself.

    Jun 19, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Hamaguchi keeps us guessing as to whether the characters' longings are innate or instilled by something beyond them and us.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's just not a lot going on underneath the surfaces of these characters' sensitive, precise, and modestly expressed feelings.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Asako" proceeds from a premise that flirts with the mystic, but Hamaguchi executes it with elegantly rendered realism... The result is a picture that is simultaneously engaging and disconcerting.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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