Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) Reviews

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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.
May 14, 2019
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 13, 2019
It's that ability to intertwine the themes of hope and longing, romance and loss, happiness and regret that makes Asako I & II such crucial viewing.
May 13, 2019
Brilliant melodramatic flourishes adorn the blank center of this passionate fable, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.
May 10, 2019
The pleasures of Asako I & II lie in witnessing the keen understanding evinced by Hamaguchi and his cast of how genuine emotions in romantic dyads are expressed or, just as often, concealed.
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