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Film poster
Directed byNaoko Ogigami
Written byNaoko Ogigami
StarringToma Ikuta
Release date
  • 10 February 2017 (2017-02-10) (Berlin)
  • 25 February 2017 (2017-02-25) (Japan)
Running time
127 minutes

Close-Knit (彼らが本気で編むときは、, Karera ga honki de amu toki wa,) is a 2017 Japanese transgender drama film directed by Naoko Ogigami.[1] Ogigami wrote the script after a visit to the United States caused her to become more aware of LGBT issues.[2] The film follows Tomo, an 11-year-old girl who becomes close to her uncle's transgender girlfriend after Tomo's mother, who has been raising Tomo alone, unexpectedly runs off and leaves Tomo behind.[3] It was screened in the Panorama section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]


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  1. ^ Ide, Wendy (12 February 2017). "'Close Knit': Berlin Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ Schilling, Mark (22 February 2017). "'Close-Knit': The pride that breaks the prejudice". The Japan Times. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  3. ^ Havis, Richard James (23 October 2017). "Film review: Close-Knit – Japanese LGBT family drama takes heart-warming look at discrimination and ignorance". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Panorama 2017 Programme Complete". Berlinale. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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