Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) Reviews

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February 21, 2021
"Asako I&II" is an excellent movie, one of the best dramas of the latest years, and a production that combines beauty with meaningful context in the most captivating fashion.
February 13, 2021
It is refreshing to see a Japanese film that is modern and direct and not trying to be overtly Ozu-y or arthouse poetic or genre-y, yet very Japanese. I very much appreciate Hamaguchi Rusuke's work.
July 25, 2020
Based on Tomoka Shibasaki's novel, Hamaguchi's film strikes me as surprising, contagious, and entertaining as it thoroughly addresses the philosophy of couples' relationships. [Full review in Spanish]
July 2, 2020
An example of how well the absence of cynicism can work in a film. [Full review in Spanish]
November 4, 2019
Both leads are excellent. [Ryûsuke] Higashide will no doubt attract most attention, impressive in his ability to inhabit two very different characters, yet it's [Erika] Karata who is the power at the heart of the film.
September 4, 2019
It is difficult to ignore that this delicate fantasy of love and destiny is much more intense than it seems on the surface thanks to a filmmaker capable of interpreting passion from silence. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 22, 2019
[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.
July 26, 2019
[Ryusuke] Hamaguchi possesses an eye for engrossing human interaction built on minute details in friendships.
July 25, 2019
The movie keeps you guessing, mostly in pleasure, at both its meanings and its methods.
July 16, 2019
Hamaguchi himself refers to the divide as the Everyday versus the Unexpected, but his his literal symbolism of Ryôhei as harbor after an earthquake versus Baku's fireworks more aptly translates to safety and solidity versus danger and excitement.
July 5, 2019
A masterfully crafted work of romantic introspection that probes deep without feeling ponderous; Hamaguchi's light touch asking difficult questions and arriving at something at once hopeful and haunting.
June 20, 2019
Asako's only appeal seems to be that she's very pretty. Her depth of character she apparently keeps to herself.
June 13, 2019
It seems to be a conventional and light comedy at first, but Asako 1 & 2 shows an ingenious study about the vanity of human passions. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 6, 2019
Hamaguchi keeps us guessing as to whether the characters' longings are innate or instilled by something beyond them and us.
May 29, 2019
This bittersweet Japanese oddity doesn't quite work as a romantic melodrama but succeeds in illuminating anxiety-ridden millennial generation.
May 21, 2019
The story remains fairly banal, and neither the direction nor performances lift it above.
May 20, 2019
Asako I & II is an easygoing movie, at least if the film's exterior is taken at its words. Under the hood, it's roiling.
May 17, 2019
There's just not a lot going on underneath the surfaces of these characters' sensitive, precise, and modestly expressed feelings.
May 16, 2019
For viewers, this is a mostly pleasant journey, especially with spare music from tofubeats.
May 16, 2019
"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.
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