ASAKO I & II (2018)
DIRECTOR: RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI
“Asako falls madly in love with Baku (Masahiro Higashide), but one day he
suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double, Ryohei.
They fall in love and move in together, but memories of Baku continue to
haunt their seemingly perfect relationship. An official selection of the
2018 Cannes Film Festival, ASAKO I & II is the newest film from Ryûsuke
Hamaguchi, the acclaimed director of HAPPY HOUR”*
I recently saw Asako I & II and was pleased with the movie. It is a drama that depicts the strange reality of what a (first) love can do to a person. The film depicts how madly in love someone can be with an idea of a person, and how the idea of the person may not be who the person really is.
This is an amazing movie. This movie details harsh reality of relationships and the struggle in them. The movie shows the joy of relationships, and the fact that we can recover from heart break, and start anew. Though we are able to move on the echo of the past is carried forward, in us all, as she finds someone new, that is almost a doppelganger of her past relationship.
Once she is happy and content in her new relationship, Baku comes back for her. She is torn between holding on to the past, or giving up her current relationship. Asako and three other friends were on a double date, Baku appears. Still hoping out hope for her past love, she ruined a dinner party by leaving her friends and Ryohei stunned and shocked, as she leaves with Baku.
While running away with her past, she is confronted on how much she is actually losing by chasing the dream of Baku, and that is no longer who he is. The theme that I saw here was that sometimes the idea of a person can be greater than the idea of the person.
She then realizes what everyone felt, and near begs for forgiveness from Ryohei, who is understandably angry and hurt.
One of the best things about this movie is that it’s so relatable. We all have these kinds of moments that make us chase an idea instead of the real person. Regardless of what you have, the desire and idea of your lover is something that is hard to forget, especially if the person you are dating is a double.
Finally, I love how in this film just when everything seems to finally be going right, it can turn around in an instant (when Baku returns) and the past feelings come flooding back.