Asako I & II ★★★½

A fairly ambitious and convincing treatise about the ways our past needs can dictate our future relationships and about the gap between who we are and who the person we love loves. I wish it was a little less slapstick-driven (at times it feels like live action anime), and I wish Hamaguchi actually paid more than lip service to the courtship phases of these pairings, but there are enough ideas to ground the film, no doubt…