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Small, Slow but Steady

Keiko, me wo sumasete

Shô Miyake

Friday Fri 24.06.202224.06.2218:15kult.kino atelier
Sunday Sun 26.06.202226.06.2216:30kult.kino atelier

Shô Miyake

Japan 2022. 99 Min.
Color. Japanese/ EN, DE

With audio description and descriptive subtitles in German

 

The English title seems to define its protagonist and at the same time the intentions and forms of this film. Small, Slow but Steady, is the way the young protagonist Keiko practices boxing, a sport for which, despite her deafness, she shows an incipient talent. However, she is not a star but a hard-working hotel employee who barely manages her life and her few personal relationships. Small, Slow but Steady, is also the way the director unfolds his story and the lives of his characters. Despite being a story about athletes, there is no triumph, no great moments, but a subtle and detailed description of life in the Arakawa Boxing Gym and the city and homes where the protagonists live. And, finally, Small, Slow but Steady is also the way in which the characters and places that the film shows us seem to begin to disappear in the face of a society increasingly interested in success and grandiloquence. (Something that, obviously, we can also apply to the world of cinema.) The director shows us his characters, determined to be better day by day, but living in a world, a city, where trains only seem to be passing through. In the universe of director Shô Miyake and his protagonist Keiko, defeat is just a part of life. (Sung Moon)

CREDITS

DirectorShô Miyake
ScreenplayShô Miyake, Masaaki Sakai
CinematographyYuta Tsukinaga
EditingKeiko Okawa
WithYukino Kishii, Tomokazu Miura, Masaki Miura, Shinichiro Matsuura, Himi Sato
ProducersKoichiro Fukushima, Masahiro Handa, Keisuke Konishi, Shunsuke Koga
Production CompanyComme des Cinémas, Nagoya Broadcasting Network (JP), “Keiko me wo sumasete” Production Committee (JP)
World SalesCharades

Shô Miyake

Shô Miyake was born in 1984 in Hokkaido, Japan. Directed his first theatrical feature film Playback in 2012, which was screened in the Competition at Locarno International Film Festival. His feature film in 2018, And Your Bird Can Sing was officially selected to the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival. Other directorial works include a music documentary THE COCKPIT (2014) which was selected for the New Directors section of Cinema du Réel, a costume TV drama The Courier (2017) and a streaming TV drama series Ju-on origins (2020), the film Playback in 2012, which was screened in the Competition at Locarno International Film Festival. His feature film in 2018, And Your Bird Can Sing was officially selected to the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival. Other directorial works include a music documentary THE COCKPIT (2014) which was selected for the New Directors section of Cinema du Réel, a costume TV drama The Courier (2017) and a streaming TV drama series Ju-on origins (2020).