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New Visions: ABOUT THE PINK SKY (Keiichi Kobayashi, 2011)

A film; part of the New Visions of Japanese Cinema

Thursday, June 07, 2012
7:30 PM
The James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409

Izumi, a headstrong high-school girl with a cheerfully cynical outlook (she routinely “rates” the newspaper by assigning articles positive or negative values) finds a wallet containing 300,000 yen (almost $4,000) and the owner’s ID: Sato, a wealthy high-school boy. Instead of returning it, Izumi lends a hefty sum to an older fishing buddy with financial problems. Her classmates Hasumi and Kaoru later force her to return the wallet to Sato, but, unable to account for all of the money, Izumi agrees to help him console a friend in the hospital by creating a newspaper containing only “good news.”

Keiichi Kobayashi’s serene coming-of-age story avoids the customary trappings of teen culture and genre with a pronounced sense of quiet. With its lively, black-and-white cinematography and long takes, Kobayashi’s aesthetic — drained of color and clutter — feels like a dream or a distant memory. ABOUT THE PINK SKY owes its underlying energy to the young actors (all newcomers) with real chemistry, who deftly balance the quirky humor, teenage uncertainty, and subtle shifts in adolescent consciousness.

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, Rotterdam International Film Festival

“A thoroughly watchable and increasingly engaging indie Japanese film, driven forward by a confident and engaging performance by Ai Ikeda.” –Mark Adams, SCREEN DAILY

“Often very funny but also quite heartfelt, Sky is a wonderfully fresh and sharply written film with an unforgettable debut lead performance.” –Joe Bendel, LIBERTAS FILM MAGAZINE

Writer/Director: Keiichi Kobayashi
Starring: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsuabasa Takayama, Hakusyu Togetsuan
Michaelgion / Free Stone Production
Blu-Ray, 113 min.

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Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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