Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) Reviews

June 20, 2019
Asako's only appeal seems to be that she's very pretty. Her depth of character she apparently keeps to herself.
May 21, 2019
The story remains fairly banal, and neither the direction nor performances lift it above.
May 17, 2019
There's just not a lot going on underneath the surfaces of these characters' sensitive, precise, and modestly expressed feelings.
February 3, 2019
This strange, deliberately naïve film plunges a high-concept romance into a banal, lifeless world.
November 21, 2018
Asako I & II perpetually teases at becoming a more insightful meditation on romance and relationships, only for the script to undercut any mounting drama time and again.
May 16, 2018
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi's follow-up to 2015's acclaimed Happy Hour is a romanceless dud with a clumsy conceit.
May 15, 2018
The episodic character of the film, articulated in a succession of romantic conflicts, ends up diluting the potential of what, in the end, is no more (or less) than a serial. [Full review in Spanish]
May 15, 2018
The idea could have resulted in a nice fantastic story in the manner of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, but [director] Riusuke Hamaguchi proposes a more prosaic and, above all, much more undefined, story... [Full review in Spanish]
May 15, 2018
Hamaguchi extols his source for a compelling representation of love as a mystic experience. However, what gets transferred to the screen becomes more like banal indecision.
May 15, 2018
An oddly old-fashioned depiction of troubled romance whose mildly unusual premise ultimately leads nowhere very interesting.
May 14, 2018
Asako I & II is a coolly-executed but emotionally numb exercise, and its somewhat traditionally demure heroine seems unlilkely to play to contemporary international tastes in dramatic heroines.