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Hold Me Back

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Director: Akiko Ohku Run Time: 133 min. Format: Audio Amplification Available Release Year: 2020 Language: Japanese

Starring: Asami Usuda, Kento Hayashi, Non, Takuya Wakabayashi, Tomoya Maeno

Quirky and charming, Hold Me Back feels kind of like Japan’s equivalent of Amelie — perfectly blending the loneliness and hilarity of the human experience into an unforgettable energetic romantic comedy.

Mitsuko (played by Non) is 31, single, and leads a happy life with her own imaginary counselor. When a handsome salesman enters her world… love throws a wrench in the peaceful and solitary life she’s crafted for herself.

Winner of the 2020 Tokyo International Film Festival and 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Hold Me Back took Japanese box offices by storm when it was released in 2020. Screenings at the 2022 Japanese Film Festival will be the Pittsburgh Premiere.

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