10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

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



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 (1978, Japan) studeerde aan de Universiteit van Tokio, waar hij een Bachelor behaalde in Art in Aesthetics, en aan de Graduate School of Film and New Media. Zijn afstudeerfilm Passion werd geselecteerd voor het filmfestival van San Sebastian. Na zijn afstuderen in 2008 coregisseerde hij een documentaireserie en maakte hij verschillende fictiefilms. Asako I & II (2018) werd bekroond met de ICS Cannes Award voor Beste Script.



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)