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Known for films like Kamome Diner and Glasses, Ogigami Naoko knits another warm healing drama in Close-Knit, which premiered in the Panorama sidebar of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Starring Ikuta Toma (The Top Secret: Murder in Mind) as a transgender woman, Kiritana Kenta (Outrage Beyond) as her boyfriend, and child actress Kakihara Rinka as the niece they take in, the big-hearted film depicts an alternative family structure with gentle candor.

After getting abandoned by her feckless mother (Mimura) yet again, 11-year-old Tomo (Kakihara Rinka) moves in with her good-natured uncle Makio (Kiritani Kenta), only to find that he is now living with his transgender girlfriend Rinko (Ikuta Toma). Though a bit surprised at first, Tomo soon bonds with Rinko, a soft-spoken caretaker who makes exquisite lunch boxes and showers her with motherly warmth. Though faced with prejudices and challenges, the three build a close-knit makeshift family on their own terms.

This edition comes with a booklet and a bonus DVD of special features, including making-of documentary and Berlin Film Festival travelogue.

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Product Title: Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 當他們認真編織時 (英文字幕) (Blu-ray)(日本版) 当他们认真编织时 (英文字幕) (Blu-ray)(日本版) 彼らが本気で編むときは、 (Blu-ray) Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa, Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa, Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa, Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa, Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa,
Artist Name(s): Ikuta Toma | Koike Eiko | Mimura Rie | Kiritani Kenta | Kadowaki Mugi | Kakihara Rinka 生田斗真 | 小池榮子 | 美村里江 | 桐谷健太 | 門脇麥 | Kakihara Rinka 生田斗真 | 小池荣子 | 美村里江 | 桐谷健太 | 门脇麦 | Kakihara Rinka 生田斗真 | 小池栄子 | 美村里江 | 桐谷健太 | 門脇麦 | 柿原りんか Ikuta Toma | Koike Eiko | Mimura Rie | Kiritani Kenta | Kadowaki Mugi | Kakihara Rinka
Director: Ogigami Naoko 荻上直子 荻上直子 荻上直子 Ogigami Naoko
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2017-09-06
Publisher Product Code: JAXA-5049
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060560916

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
生田斗真 主演映画 / 荻上直子 (監督、脚本)

Blu-ray+DVD(Bonus Disc)


荻上直子監督が、「トランスジェンダーの息子に、“ニセ乳" を編んで与えたお母さん」の新聞記事を目にしたことから着想を得て、


出演:生田斗真 柿原りんか ミムラ 小池栄子 門脇麦 柏原収史 入江海翔 りりィ 田中美佐子/桐谷健太 ほか
脚本・監督:荻上直子 配給:スールキートス

収録:[Disc1/Blu-ray]映画本編(127分)+予告編映像 [Disc2/DVD]特典映像
仕様:■天空きスリーブ+デジパック仕様 ■ブックレット封入 ■海外版ビジュアルポストカード封入(初回プレス分のみ)
音声:Disc1 1DTS HD Master Audio 5.1ch 2DTS HD Master Audio 2ch 3日本語音声ガイド DTS HD Master Audio 2ch
Disc2 ドルビーデジタル2ch
字幕:1英語字幕 2バリアフリー日本語字幕 ※本編のみ


ベルリン国際映画祭紀行録「BERLIN DIARY」
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October 12, 2017

How to knit a family
From Kamome Diner to Glasses to Rent-a-Cat, Ogigami Naoko is known for warm and quirky dramas that create escapist havens from the troubles and loneliness of modern society. In her latest Close-Knit, the writer-director knits another peaceful haven in the welcoming home of a makeshift family formed by a transgender woman, her boyfriend and the niece they take in.

When we first meet Rinko (Ikuta Toma), she has already reached a place in her life that many people can only dream of. She has transitioned completely, though she hasn't yet legally changed her gender. She works at a nursing home where everyone seems accepting, and she's living with her mild-mannered boyfriend Makio (Kiritani Kenta) who loves her unconditionally. Her mother is assertively supportive, and has been since her childhood as we learn in flashbacks. When Makio's 11-year-old niece Tomo (Kakihara Rinka) takes up residence with them, she is initially taken aback but quickly accepts and embraces Rinko as a surrogate mother figure. Though obviously still dealing with many challenges, Rinko is able to talk to her loved ones about her gender, body and transitioning process without reservation.

Close-Knit is as idealized a situation as one can create for a transgender woman in contemporary Japanese society, and Ogigami acknowledges this: Rinko's mother bluntly points out that her daughter is incredibly lucky to have found a loving boyfriend whose parents also happen to no longer be around. That isn't to say that the film is free of real-world threats and disturbances. Close-Knit highlights the difficulties and prejudices that those who are different experience from a young age. Tomo is at Makio's because her mother has abandoned her, and her gay classmate is bullied by peers. Meanwhile, the suspicious eyes of a child welfare officer, the clamor of a male hospital room and the disparaging words of a judgmental parent indicate the trials that Rinko must face on a daily basis.

Close-Knit lets the immediate threats quietly subside, if not actually resolve, and shields the audience from the worst while affirming the best of the protagonists. Though she has mood swings and occasional mean words, as can be expected of any preadolescent in her situation, Tomo is a stronghearted kid who, when confronted for the first time by an outsider's discrimination against Rinko, fights back immediately. Kiritani's Makio is a steadfast partner who says all the right things and resists complication. Ikuta Toma subtly and effectively portrays Rinko as a resilient and nurturing soul who longs to create a family of her own.

If there is any quibble in the characterization of Rinko, it's that she is too nice. Ever the gentle and patient caretaker, she wears soft cardigans, makes beautiful bentos and knits tirelessly. These well-meaning characteristics serve to effectively contrast with Tomo's absent mother, but they can also be read as shallow shorthands for femininity. Then again, the entire film is nice and gentle. This is all in keeping with Ogigami's style; she doesn't upset, she heals.

Close-Knit may have taken the rose-tinted route with its pleasant characters and uplifting tone, but it also empathetically discusses gender identity on a personal level and comfortably depicts a family environment that some may see as unconventional or taboo. The ordinary and undramatic domestic niceness afforded Close-Knit's transgender protagonist is even harder to come by in cinema than stories of darkness and pain.

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