Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo)

Critics Consensus

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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Total Count: 37

78%

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User Ratings: 12
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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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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11)

  • 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…
  • This is a film that, through its deceptively mellow means, manages to plumb the depths of what it truly means to love amid the uncertainties of self, others, and everything else besides.

    May 14, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Brilliant melodramatic flourishes adorn the blank center of this passionate fable, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.

    May 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are moments of real beauty in the film, which is an unassuming and contemplative excursion into how we love, and why. But like the fireworks that greet Asako and Baku's first kiss, its pop is a modest one.

    Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

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