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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.


Itsumichi Isomura


Yuka Honcho (screenplay), Shungiku Uchida (story)




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


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Close Your Eyes and Hold Me See more »

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1.85 : 1
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A cheezily erotic, but surprisingly touching film
26 October 2001 | by ZabadohSee 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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