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26 November 2021: Asako I & II


Asako I & II
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2018, 119 min
Japanese with English subtitles

“A truly original Vertigo riff, based on a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, Asako I & II is an enchanting, unnerving paean to the notion of love as a trance state. Asako and Baku share an intense, all-consuming romance – but one day the moody Baku ups and vanishes. Two years later, having moved from Osaka to Tokyo, Asako meets Baku’s exact double. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi has returned with a beguiling and mysterious film that traces the trajectory of a love – or, to be accurate, two loves – found, lost, displaced, and regained.” – Film at Lincoln Center

Screening as part of our Ryûsuke Hamaguchi retrospective and as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.