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Me wo tojite daite (1996)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1996 (Japan)
Tenderly played Japanese love triangle between a man, his girlfriend and a transvestite hooker.



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Credited cast:
Kumiko Takeda ...
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Natsue Yoshimura ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takayanagi (voice) (as Fenton Lawless)
Dan Green ...
Amane (voice) (as J.K. Ellemeno)
Kunihiko Ida ...
Petra Kosic ...
Juri (voice)
Debora Rabbai ...
Itsuko / Additional Voices (voice) (as Angora Deb)
Shinobu Satô ...
Hanabusa (voice) (as Suzy Prue)
Koji Sueyoshi ...
Gen Yamakawa ...


Amane is a Japanese office worker, a victim of the big business machine and the concrete jungle of a Japanese big city. He has a girlfriend, Juri, but she is not very exciting. Amane is driving home when he accidentally runs over a woman. He visits her in hospital but she doesn't accept any offers of compensation, and disappears. He becomes obsessed with her, and he eventually finds her: her name is Hanabusa and she is a hostess in a club, but there is a twist: it's a transvestite night club. And, yes, she is really a man underneath her very elegant and beautiful feminine appearance Amane recoils, but is clearly inclined to go along with it, which he does. Nothing much happens that night, but Amane is still obsessed and visits her in the club again, and eventually they make love at home. To comply with Japanese moral requirements, a table-lamp is conveniently positioned between the camera and their lower bodies while this is in progress. Amane is a little naive in matters of ... Written by Hazel Freeman

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 July 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Close Your Eyes and Hold Me  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A cheezily erotic, but surprisingly touching film
26 October 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This is an award-winning B-film from Japan based on a manga of the same name.

The small cast of characters are well played, against stark, geometric backdrops in Tokyo. The only warm, organic shapes exist in the presence of Hanabusa, a directorial decision which makes the mood mesmerizingly abstract and stagey, setting the mood in each scene for the actors.

Each character's relationship with Hanabusa makes them realize that they need more than the ordinariness of their lives, but tragically, that they can't help the one that gave them their revelations.

The sex scenes are laughable, probably purposely so. Kumiko Takeda is a pleasure to the eye from any angle. The movie's facts about transexuals are more-or-less correct.

In the end, you've seen a romantic comedy with great cinematography.

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