Small, Slow but Steady

Directed by Shô Miyake
Japan2022
Thursday, 3 November 22 - 6:00pm
@ Queen's Film Theatre
Too Late!

Boxing dramas have a way they're supposed to play out, with their rhythms matching those of a particularly exciting bout in the ring, in which bruising setbacks and personal challenges mount en route to an inevitable, triumphant final-round knock-out.

Shô Miyake's little gem of a movie is shot on lovely 16mm and, as its title suggests, redefines that format to tell the quiet story, unmistakably based on a memoir, of a deaf amateur boxer, and the struggling but beloved local gym where she trains. Hearing-impaired Keiko is a hotel cleaner by day, who surprises everyone, maybe especially herself, by winning her first two professional fights, after which her relationship with the tired-eyed owner of her shabby suburban gym, deepens and becomes an unusual kind of reward for them both.

Showings

Thursday, 3 November 2022 - 6:00pm @ Queen's Film Theatre