Asako I & II

  • 119'
  • Japan
  • 2018

One woman, two loves. When Asako meets Baku, sparks fly the moment their eyes meet. But six months later, Baku disappears without a trace as suddenly and overwhelmingly as he came into her life. Some years later, Asako meets a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Baku – at first she doesn’t understand why he pretends not to know her and introduces himself as Ryohei…

Love appears in Asako’s calm world – presented in this adaptation from the novel with a sharp eye for the everyday – as a capricious, compelling force of nature. In spite of their physical similarity, the adventurous, unattached Baku and the more cautious, reliable Ryohei (both played by Higashide Masahiro) are complete opposites; but then, is the woman who can love two such different personalities really one and the same? The complex world of Asako’s emotions re-emerges when Baku unexpectedly re-appears in her life.

Director
Hamaguchi Ryūsuke
Countries of production
Japan, France
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
119'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Netemo sametemo
Language
Japanese
Producers
Yamamoto Teruhisa, Hattori Yasuhiko, Sadai Yuji, Sawada Masa
Production Companies
Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Bitters End, Comme des Cinémas
Sales
mk2 Films
Screenplay
Hamaguchi Ryūsuke, Tanaka Sachiko
Editor
Yamazaki Azusa
Production Design
Nunobe Masato
Music
Tofubeats
Cast
Higashide Masahiro, Karata Erika, Seto Koji, Yamashita Rio, Ito Sairi, Watanabe Daichi
Local Distributor
September Film