Asako is a 21-year-old woman, living in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku who has a free spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and she meets Ryohei. He looks just like her ex-boyfriend Baku, but he has a completely different personality. Ryohei is a salaryman, with a sincere personality. Asako falls in love with Ryohei.
~~ Based on the novel "Netemosametemo" by Tomoka Shibasaki.
~~ A co-production with France. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
Cast & Credits
Asako I & II is about this girl name Asako who lives in Osaka and meets Baku in a photo exhibit. Asako & Baku's first meeting is not your usual, it has literally sparked from fireworks & confidence. Asako & Baku seems to be that couple that is free in love, enjoying together's company but the thing is Baku is not your usual guy, he often missing in an unusual way. One day, Baku went missing & never comes back for 2 years. Asako moves to Tokyo but still has that reminisce feeling of Baku but little did she know, she will meet a man who looks like her first love in Osaka, the man who looks like Baku name Ryohei who works as an employee in a beer company that got transferred from Osaka since that meeting after Baku's disappearance, Asako's feelings from the man who she loved in Osaka lingers to a man who looks like him in Tokyo.
I don't have any expectations while watching this, I'm surprised that I knew most of the cast in here. The color tones for this film somewhat tell how the story will convey. I appreciate the direction & cinematography of the film as it was trying to relate it to the content. The characters especially Asako is not perfect, she tends to be selfish, she tends to be cruel but when she decides to set her heart she will pour it out. Baku is a character that is deviant, you will never know what he's thinking or what he will do next. Ryohei is a warm person, he works hard, he tries to mediate and he's never been selfish.
There are parts that seem non-sensical but I think that provides as the turning point for Asako, if it never happens then she will never know. Ryohei thought he could handle Asako's past but there's a part of him that he's scared & there's a part that he will never trust her ever again but as Ryohei already gave his words Asako who just got awaken by her true feelings seems accepting that fact but still loving him despite the scar that she did to him.
I don't think the pace is slow, to be honest, the film is almost 2 hours but I didn't feel bored, it actually has a lot of different scenes & stories. I appreciate this film, I never knew I would need it.
Story - okay this is why I'm low marking. The beginning was okay. But it quickly fell apart and became a complete chore to watch. I would mark this in minus numbers for the story. It was a mess of an ending with a ridiculous and unnecessary twist. The twist was what had me hurling abuse at my laptop. This story had so much potential (as the first half showed), sadly it was all squandered and for NOTHING. So for me this is 1/10
Acting/Cast - The cast deserved 9.5 maybe even 10 because they CARRIED this rubbish on their backs. Their acting was the ONLY reason I kept watching and the ONLY reason I'm giving this a 6 overall. Most notably Higashide Masahiro as Baku / Ryohei. The three main leads really gave it their all, but the writing and story itself completely let them down. I hope to see more of the three main lead actors, Higashide Masahiro, Seto Koji and Karata Erika (in that order).....they worked so hard to make a mess of a story watchable, and for that I can only thank them.......and hope they get better projects more worthy of their talent in the future. 9.5/10
Music - It was okay nothing really memorable. 4/10
Rewatch Value - there is only any rewatch value if you truly adore the the cast, especially the main leads, and can't find anything else with them in. However, if there are even adverts they've been then watch those - it will still be better than this. 3/10
Overall Score - As I've already said, the acting of Higashide, Seto and Karata is the ONLY reason I kept watching and the ONLY reason I'm giving this a 6 overall. so yeah, 6/10. (though it is still better than the all time worst of the worst 'Miss in Kiss' - though watching paint dry is still better than THAT mess).