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Asako I & II
Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi • 2018 • Japan
Starring Masahiro Higashide, Erika Karata, Rio Yamashita
A mysterious and intoxicating pop romance, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow-up to the acclaimed HAPPY HOUR begins with Asako (Erika Karata) meeting and falling madly in love with a drifter, Baku (Masahiro Higashide), 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.