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Asako I & II (2018)

Netemo sametemo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 1 September 2018 (Japan)
Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.

Director:

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Writers:

Tomoka Shibasaki (based on the novel by), Sachiko Tanaka (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Masahiro Higashide ... Baku / Ryôhei
Erika Karata Erika Karata ... Asako
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sairi Itô Sairi Itô ... Haruyo
Kôji Nakamoto Kôji Nakamoto ... Hirakawa
Kôji Seto Kôji Seto ... Kushihashi
Misako Tanaka Misako Tanaka ... Eiko
Daichi Watanabe Daichi Watanabe ... Okazaki
Rio Yamashita Rio Yamashita ... Maya
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Storyline

Asako is a 21-year-old woman, living in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku who has a free spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and she meets Ryohei. He looks just like her ex-boyfriend Baku, but he has a completely different personality. Ryohei is a salaryman, with a sincere personality. Asako falls in love with Ryohei. Written by https://mydramalist.com/24712-sleeping-or-waking

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in September 2018. See more »

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There's No There There
3 August 2019 | by BelieveThisSee all my reviews

The main character doesn't seem like a real person. Towards the end of the movie, her actions are wrenching for everyone. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to any particular reason for them.

Other than this, the movie can be boring. There's no reason it could not have been 90 minutes instead of two hours.

Earlier in the movie there was an awkward scene at a party that I could have done without.

I've seen hundreds of Japanese movies. Too often they are depressing and/or harrowing. Lately, opaque characters who are randomly destructive are cropping up.

WARNING: If you do see this movie at a theater, it looks like it might have no previews and starts right on time.


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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

1 September 2018 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Asako I & II See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,690, 19 May 2019

Gross USA:

$25,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$627,102
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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