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Japanese Film Festival 2018 - Close Knit


Sat 27 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! All films will be screened at the lovely Hannah Playhouse, with plenty of space for the whole family!

In order to attend, please book tickets through Hannah Playhouse. All movies are preceded by a short documentary about Japanese culture, starting 10 minutes prior to the film’s screening. Seating is not allocated, so come early to secure your favourite spot!

The Japanese Film Festival 2018 offers entertainment with a mixture of drama, action and comedy that will inspire and engage those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. All movies are free admission, so spread the word and bring along your friends and family!

Title: Close Knit
Director: Naoko Ogigami
Released: 2017
Running Time: 127 minutes
Rated: M

Rinko is a transgender woman with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend Makio was captivated by her heart and accepts her for who she is. A lonely girl named Tomo, who is Makio's niece, suddenly appears in their lives... This is the story of 60 heartwarming days in the lives of these three individuals who each find their own happiness amid the blooming cherry blossoms of spring.

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, it isn’t the first time she's had to stay with her uncle. However, this time he’s living with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko. Tomo has never met a woman like Rinko before.

Rinko warmly welcomes Tomo into Makio’s neat and tidy apartment. The girl finds a delicious homemade feast spread out on the dining table, and when the three of them eat together it instantly feels like family. 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.

Booking available from October 5.

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