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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7 – Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II

2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7 – Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II

With his fifth feature in 2015’s Happy Hours making a notable presence at and winning Locarno, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Cannes debut in Asako I & II (gist: one day Asako’s first love suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double) was served up after countryman Hirokazu Kore-eda unveiled his last just prior.

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With an average of 2.5 among 12 of our 20 critics, Asako I & II failed to make any significant waves for Hamaguchi’s Croisette debut.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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