Tomo’s single mother usually comes home late, and drunk. When she leaves her daughter for good one day the girl has to rely on help from her uncle, who takes in Tomo to live with him and his girlfriend Rinko. At their first meeting Tomo is flabbergasted to discover that Rinko is a transsexual.
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3.3 Close-Knit simplifies issues in a very Japanese way and in doing so air-brushes over some of the more confrontational elements Rinko might have to deal with in a conservative society. But despite its shortcomings this is a sweet, kind and sincere film. As a wise old deaf man once said to those clown comics: "Fix your hearts or die."