Based on the autobiography of Deaf professional boxer Keiko Ogasawara, Shô Miyake’s KEIKO, ME WO SUMASETE is an impressive character study of Keiko, a strong-minded boxer whose boundless fighting spirit and tenacity are put to the test when she faces professional and emotional challenges beside her fights in the boxing ring. Her coach’s health problems and waning eyesight increasingly overshadow her daily training routine. The situation comes to a head when the closure of her gym in Tokyo is imminent and her brother’s well-intended support is on the line. Shot on 16mm film in a historic district of downtown Tokyo, the film portrays with razor-sharp precision and the finest intuition the story of facing a crossroads in the impressive life of a young adult.
Screenplay: Shô Miyake, Masaaki Sakai
Cinematography: Yuta Tsukinaga
Editing: Keiko Okawa
Producers: Koichiro Fukushima, Masahiro Handa, Keisuke Konishi, Shunsuke Koga
Intro-Performance by Sofie Douda