Asako I & II | 寝ても覚めても J-Film

Romance, Drama

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

One of the Ten Best Movies of the Year

K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair

Critic’s Pick! Bewitching and sometimes unsettling…

Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

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Asako I & II | Official Trailer from Grasshopper Film on YouTube.

A mysterious and intoxicating pop romance based on a 2010 novel by Shibasaki Tomoka about a woman who falls in love with two men who have the same face but completely opposite personalities.

Hamaguchi Ryūsuke’s first commercial debut film since his critically acclaimed Happy Hour (2015) saga 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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