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Asako I & II

August 23 - August 25, 2019

Asako I & II

(Dir. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2018)

Los Angeles premiere!
Co-presented by Film at LACMA






Ahrya Fine Arts
8556 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90211

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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)


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

(Available to download after screening date)

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