Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

2 Episodes

With his latest film, the Cannes prizewinner DRIVE MY CAR, currently garnering acclaim, Ryusuke Hamaguchi is fast emerging as one of contemporary Japanese cinema’s most vital and original voices. His international breakthrough, HAPPY HOUR, is a sprawling, absorbingly novelistic portrait of the intersecting lives of four female friends navigating the ups and downs of their thirties, while ASAKO I & II is a bracingly mysterious, subtly surreal romance that finds the filmmaker pushing his interest in the intricacies of human relationships into surprising new territory.

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Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Happy Hour

    Episode 1

    Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi • 2015 • Japan
    Starring Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara

    A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema, HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japa...

  • Asako I & II

    Episode 2

    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 (Masa...