Asako I & II

Japan, 2019, 119 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Not Rated, Japanese with English subtitles

Showings

Coral Gables Art Cinema Fri, Jul 26 6:15 PM
Intro from CGAC Director of Programming Nat Chediak
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Jul 27 3:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sat, Jul 27 6:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jul 28 3:45 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jul 28 6:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Mon, Jul 29 6:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Tue, Jul 30 6:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, Jul 31 6:15 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, Aug 1 6:15 PM

Description

A truly original Vertigo riff, Asako I & II is an enchanting 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, Asako meets Baku’s exact double. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, one of Japan’s most celebrated filmmakers, has made a beguiling and mysterious film that traces the trajectory of a love — or, to be accurate, two loves — found, lost, displaced, and regained.

Asako I & II is one of the most deceptively simple — and rewarding — films you’re likely to see this year, the product of an original young talent in world cinema. On Opening Night, July 26 at 6:15pm, CGAC Director of Programming Nat Chediak will open a window onto a film that richly deserves the widest possible audience.