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A haven for clandestine lovers turns out to be more than most passers-by would imagine in this independent drama. The Parku Ando is a "love hotel" in Tokyo's Shinjuku district where couples can rent a room for a night or by the hour for romantic assignations. However, few of its regular customers seem to come there for sexual encounters; the hotel has become a hangout for rootless teenagers, senior citizens looking for a place to relax, and kids who play under the watchful eye of manager Tsuyako (Lily). Tsuyako and her friend Tsuki handle the day to day business at the hotel, and while they can be tough when they need to be, they're also capable of kindness to strangers, such as giving a free room to Mika (Hikari Kajiwara), a girl just edging into her teens who has slipped away from home to track down the father who divorced her mother to join another family. But Tsuyako and Tsuki do have a troublesome customer to deal with -- Marika (Chiharu Sachi Jinno), an under-aged streetwalker who brings different clients to the Parku Ando every day, and has developed some serious suspicions about Tsuyako's motives and business plan. Named for a slang abbreviation of "insane asylum," Asyl (aka Parku Ando Love Hoteru) was the debut feature from writer and director Izuru Kumasaka. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi