Saturday, September 24, 2022

Japanese film Small, Slow but Steady (ケイコ 目を澄ませて) in Pittsburgh on September 30 for SCREENSHOT: Asia Film Festival.

The Japanese film Small, Slow but Steady (ケイコ 目を澄ませて) will play in Pittsburgh on September 30 as part of this year's SCREENSHOT: Asia Film Festival.
Director Shô Miyake adapts a boxing memoir from Keiko Ogasawara— who turned professional despite the difficulties of lifelong deafness. “A highlight of the Encounters program at this year’s Berlinale,” (Variety), the film fictionalizes it’s subject as Keiko Ogawa, played with stern intensity by actor Yukino Kishii. The film from the structural trappings of the biopic, as it adopts a focused, in-the-moment approach to Keiko’s life and career: we see her struggles inside and outside of the ring. Keiko’s story is the base from which we learn about the larger struggles between the independent boxing community and the pressures of corporatization and conglomeration as COVID 19 sunk so many small community locations. The film’s sound particularly resonates: without any music, we are free listen to the small punches and rhythms that pierce this boxer’s story.
It plays at the Harris Theater at 6:30 pm and tickets are available online. Pitt affiliates with valid university cards may enter for free.

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