Asako I & II (Dir. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2018)

Date: August 23-25, 2019

Times: 7:30pm & 3:30pm*

Location: Ahrya Fine Arts

Address: 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90211

Los Angeles premiere!

Co-presented by Film at LACMA

 

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. (Grasshopper)

Schedule/Showtimes

Friday, August 23: 7:30pm

Saturday, August 24: 4:30pm &  7:30pm

Sunday, August 25: 3:30pm

*All screenings at the Ahyra Fine Arts.

 

A knockout.

Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine

Bewitching and sometimes unsettling… Hamaguchi executes [the premise] with elegantly rendered realism.

Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Enchanting... Playful and profound... A truly original riff on the doppelgänger touchstone that is Vertigo.

Dennis Lim, Film Comment

An exquisite showcase for nuanced performances and a filmmaker in complete control... Hamaguchi is one of the most innovative filmmakers in contemporary Asian cinema.

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

A precise and romantic work, paying close attention to the evolution of its characters. Captivates above all by the delicacy of its editing. Hamaguchi describes love as the perpetual reiteration of an initial impression.

Mathieu Macheret, Le Monde

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