Small, Slow But Steady

Friday, February 10 - Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A hearing-impaired woman with dreams of becoming a professional boxer discovers her fight isn’t just in the ring with the next opponent, but also includes the struggle simply to focus and train properly due to the threatened closure of her boxing club compounded by the illness of its aging president, who has been her biggest supporter. Despite a lack of support and understanding from her family and her own struggles with feelings of self-worth, she must push herself to the limit if she is to succeed.

Festivals/awards: the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, the 27th Busan International Film Festival, the 66th London Film Festival, the 56th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

“Miniature in every way except emotional impact” – The New York Times

“As if Ozu rather than Clint Eastwood had made Million Dollar Baby” – Screen Daily

“Had Sho Miyake’s SMALL, SLOW BUT STEADY premiered in the Berlinale’s main competition, it would certainly be in the running for one of the top prizes” – Criterion

Screening as part of the series ACA Cinema Project: New Films From Japan 2023




  • Country Japan
  • Language In Japanese with English subtitles
  • Running Time 99 minutes
  • Director Shô Miyake
  • Cast Yukino Kishii, Tomokazu Miura
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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