Small, Slow but Steady

Keiko, me wo sumasete

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Boxer Keiko was born with a hearing impairment. Boxing is a real challenge, but her club is like a family. After winning two fights, a creeping fear begins to grow in her. Confused, she goes on to her third fight. Meanwhile, the gym is about to close for good. loosely based on the novel Don’t Give Up by Keiko Ogasawara, a real-life hearing-impaired boxer – is far from a typical boxing movie, which lulls us in with the mesmerizing rhythm of the punches, and takes us in a dance-like movement to find both a catharsis (“punching makes me feel good,” as the hero explains succinctly) and a solace. A beautiful, life-affirming film that shows us how to fight while restoring our faith to humanity.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Shô Miyake
Script: Shô Miyake, Masaaki Sakai
Cinematography: Yuta Tsukinaga
Editing: Keiko Okawa
Sound: Takamitsu Kawai
Actors: Yukino Kishii, Tomokazu Miura, Masaki Miura, Shinichiro Matsuura, Himi Sato
Production: Nagoya Broadcasting Network, “Keiko me wo sumasete” Production Committee
Producers: Koichiro Fukushima, Masahiro Handa, Keisuke Konishi, Shunsuke Koga
Co-production: Comme des Cinémas
Co-producers: Masa Sawada
Costumes: Nami Shinozuka
Production Design: Shimpei Inoue
Make Up: Shihomi Mochizuki
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Japan, France
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 100΄
Contact: Charades

Shô Miyake

Born in 1984 in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2012, he directed his first theatrical feature film Playback, which was screened in competition at the Locarno International Film Festival. His 2018 feature film And Your Bird Can Sing was officially selected for Berlinale’s Forum. Other directorial works include the music documentary The Cockpit (2014) which was selected for the New Directors section of Cinema du Réel, the costume TV drama The Courier (2017), and the streaming TV drama series Ju-on Origins (2020).


2012 Playback
2015 The Cockpit (doc)
2017 Misshi to bannin
2018 And Your Bird Can Sing
2022 Small, Slow But Steady