Reviews for ‘Asako I & II’

“‘Asako I & II’ is an impressive and unabashedly romantic addition to fiction about doubles and doppelgangers with a pair of very appealing leads.”
– James Verniere, Boston Herald

“Hamaguchi makes movies with a light, detached touch that is nevertheless attuned to small moments of bliss and disaster; he’s unquestionably working in the tradition of the 20th-century filmmaking master Yasujiro Ozu.”
– Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“There’s a quiet devastation to this work of contradictions, driven by dream logic but deeply and painfully humanist.”
– Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day

“Critic’s Pick! Bewitching and sometimes unsettling… Breathtaking… Hamaguchi executes [the premise] with elegantly rendered realism.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“An intoxicating drama. Hamaguchi orchestrates the narrative with such a deft and delicate touch, that there’s always a hint of something more mysterious at play. His mastery is making you hang on every moment to see how he undercuts or develops on his thesis. It’s thrilling to try and guess where he’ll take the story next. His young stars serve him perfectly. This poignant treatise on love at first sight is one of the best films in the 2018 Cannes competition line-up.”
– David Jenkins, Little White Lies

“Beguiling and mysterious. A drama wrought from doubt – sweet, soulful and achingly sad.”
– Michael Leader, Sight & Sound


Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28

2018 • dir Ryûsuke Hamaguchi w/Erika Karata, Masahiro Higashide • 119 min • DCP

A mysterious and intoxicating pop romance, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s follow-up to the acclaimed Happy Hour begins with Asako, a young woman who meets and falls madly in love with a drifter, Baku, who one day drifts right out of her life. Two years later, working in Tokyo, Asako sees Baku again – or, rather, a young, solid businessman named Ryohei who bears a striking resemblance to her old flame. They begin building a happy life together until traces of Asako’s past start to resurface.

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Ticket Information:

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Friday 7/26
at 4:30, 7:00 PM
Saturday 7/27
at 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 PM
Sunday 7/28
at 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.