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Close-Knit (2017)

Karera ga honki de amu toki wa (original title)
One spring Hiromi, who is the mother of an 11-year-old girl Tomo, left home for the umpteenth time. Tomo is accustomed to such a mother and as always went to Makio's place. He is a brother ... See full summary »

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Naoko Ogigami

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Naoko Ogigami (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Rinko
Mugi Kadowaki ... Yuka
Kenta Kiritani ... Makio
Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi ... Kanai
Misako Tanaka Misako Tanaka ... Fumiko
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike ... Naomi
Mimura Mimura ... Hiromi
Lily Lily ... Sayuri
Tôru Shinagawa Tôru Shinagawa ... Saito
Shûji Kashiwabara Shûji Kashiwabara ... Yoshio
Rin Kakihara Rin Kakihara ... Tomo
Kaito Komie Kaito Komie ... Kai
Fûto Takahashi Fûto Takahashi ... Young Rinko
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One spring Hiromi, who is the mother of an 11-year-old girl Tomo, left home for the umpteenth time. Tomo is accustomed to such a mother and as always went to Makio's place. He is a brother of Hiromi and has lived with Rinko, a pretty girlfriend. Actually, Rinko is a transwoman. She works as a caregiver in a nursing home where Makio's mother Sayuri who suffers from dementia is living. Rinko makes a delicious meal and sometimes cuddles Tomo. She is a little confused, but Tomo, Rinko and Makio start to live a life together. One day Rinko teaches Tomo to knit to control her temper. Rinko was also taught by her mother at the age of puberty when she struggled with her sexuality. A daughter neglected by her mother. A gentle uncle and his transgender lover. An angsty boy who recognizes a sense of himself as a gay - A warm "knitting" reorganizes unconventional family. Written by The Nikkatsu Corporation

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 February 2017 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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A roller coaster ride of emotions
2 November 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a 11 year old girl, whose mother often run away from home, leaving her to take care of herself. When it happens again, she goes to her uncle for help. She meets her uncle's transgender female partner, and she navigates her way through this new aspect of her life.

"Close Knit" tells a very emotional story. It is sweet, loving, open minded and supportive at times, but hurtful and sad at other times. Rinko's boyfriend and her mother are truly supportive of Rinko, and this main plot is heartwarming. Tomo's mother is neglectful, and Tomo's life is not any easier for a 11 year old girl. Yet, she exhibits bravery and makes the best out of what she has. Rinko and Tomo both exhibits remarkable resilience and positivity, and it is very refreshing to see that the characters do not fall into the stereotypical downfall.

The male classmate's mother is close minded, and it is very sad to see what the boy has to go through. The film takes you to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I really feel for Rinko, Tomo and Kai.


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