There are times the rule is broken for either practical or narrative purposes. The scene between Kumiko and Asuka broke it for the latter reason. The characters switching sides multiple times created a subtly disorienting and jarring visual that enhanced the tension of the scene. This disorienting visual also reflected Kumiko’s feeling of unease and nervousness throughout the entire exchange.
|180 degree rule broken: Asuka on the left side in the first then switches to the right in the next shot.|
|The rule was not broken since the extreme close-up acts as a reset but the switch still has a similar effect when in context with the other shots.|
|180 degree rule broken: Again Asuka on the left side in the first then switches to the right in the next shot.|
Shot size progression is a common practice and often happens multiple times within each scene, while using different angles. It can be striking when a single angle is used, just like the example below where it stays as a straight profile shot that just gets tighter and tighter.