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J-Film: Close-Knit

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20036 (map)

J-Film: Close-Knit

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

Image: ©2017 ”Close-Knit” Film Partners

Winner of Special Jury Award (Berlin International Film Festival, 2017), Best Picture (QCinema International Film Festival), and Best Feature Film (Queer Lisboa, 2017)

Fifth-grader Tomo lives a chaotic life with her mother Hiromi in a messy apartment with overflowing trash cans. One day Hiromi abandons Tomo to chase after a man. Finding herself all alone, Tomo heads for the home of her uncle Makio. This isn’t the first time Tomo had to go and stay with her uncle. However, this time he’s living with his beautiful girlfriend, a transgender woman named Rinko. 

Welcoming Tomo into their home, Rinko gives Tomo the familial warmth she never got from her own mother, and showers her with affection. Though a little hesitant at first, Tomo comes to trust Rinko, which in turn makes Rinko’s wish to cherish and protect Tomo grow even stronger. Although they may not officially be a “family,” the playful and heartwarming time Rinko, Makio and Tomo spend together teaches them the preciousness of life and the true meaning of happiness. 

Starring Rinka Kakihara, Toma Ikuta, and Kenta Kiritani

In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2017 | 127 min | Directed by Naoko Ogigami

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Film program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.


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