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Asako I & II


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

“‘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

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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.