Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) Reviews

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 25, 2019
The movie keeps you guessing, mostly in pleasure, at both its meanings and its methods.
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 6, 2019
Hamaguchi keeps us guessing as to whether the characters' longings are innate or instilled by something beyond them and us.
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
"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
Brilliant melodramatic flourishes adorn the blank center of this passionate fable, directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.
October 12, 2018
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.
Top Critic
May 15, 2018
Asako I & II ultimately works as a mellow date movie with some big insights about relationships-accessible and artful, a combination that should be more common, honestly.
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
This is an amusing essay in amorous delusion.
May 15, 2018
An oddly old-fashioned depiction of troubled romance whose mildly unusual premise ultimately leads nowhere very interesting.
May 14, 2018
It's refreshing to see a high-concept movie that doesn't assume every love story has to reach a tidy conclusion, and implies that some happy endings are best left open-ended.