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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019 Feature Film)

Hamaguchi Ryūsuke | Japan, France | 2018 | color | DCP | 119' | Japanese | e.s.

Two years after the love of her life disappeared without a trace, Asako falls in love with another man who looks identical to him, although his personality couldn’t be more different. Calm everyday life and raging passions mix seamlessly in this study of love in all its complex contrariness.

One woman, two loves. When Asako meets Baku, sparks fly the moment their eyes meet. But six months later, Baku disappears without a trace as suddenly and overwhelmingly as he came into her life. Some years later, Asako meets a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Baku – at first she doesn’t understand why he pretends not to know her and introduces himself as Ryohei…

Love appears in Asako’s calm world – presented in this adaptation from the novel with a sharp eye for the everyday – as a capricious, compelling force of nature. In spite of their physical similarity, the adventurous, unattached Baku and the more cautious, reliable Ryohei (both played by Higashide Masahiro) are complete opposites; but then, is the woman who can love two such different personalities really one and the same? The complex world of Asako’s emotions re-emerges when Baku unexpectedly re-appears in her life.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 19:15

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
Hamaguchi Ryūsuke
Higashide Masahiro
Karata Erika
Seto Koji
Yamashita Rio
Ito Sairi
Watanabe Daichi
Yamazaki Azusa
Yamamoto Teruhisa
Hattori Yasuhiko
Sadai Yuji
Sawada Masa
Production Company
Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Bitters End
Comme des Cinémas
Production Design
Nunobe Masato
mk2 Films
Hamaguchi Ryūsuke
Tanaka Sachiko
Year of Production
Hamaguchi Ryūsuke

HAMAGUCHI Ryūsuke (1978, Japan) studied at the University of Tokyo, where he received a Bachelor in Art in Aesthetics, and at the Graduate School of Film and New Media. His graduation film Passion was selected for the San Sebastian film festival. After his graduation in 2008, he co-directed a documentary series and made multiple fiction films. Asako I & II (2018) won the ICS Cannes Award for Best Screenplay.


Solaris (2007), Passion (2008), The Depths (2010), Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers (2011-2013 doc series, co-dir), Intimacies (2012), Touching the Skin of Eeriness (2013), Happy Hour (2015), Heaven Is Still Far Away (2016, short), Asako I & II (2018)