// Presented as part of May's New Asian Voices Series //
Keiichi Kobayashi / 2011, Sundance, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Gijón / 113’
Keiichi Kobayashi’s About the Pink Sky offers a glimpse of teenage life in Japan, impressive for its delicate, nuanced approach to class divisions and adolescent sexuality. High school student Izumi finds a wallet containing 30,000 yen on the street; instead of returning it, she lends some cash to a fisherman and takes her girlfriends out for lunch. When compelled to return the wallet to its rightful owner, an unlikely friendship is formed.
Shot in gauzy black & white, About the Pink Sky premiered at Sundance and won Japanese Eyes: Best Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Kobayashi’s debut feature takes what tend to be cinematic tropes and turns them into rare truths: the bittersweet taste of youth, female friendship, suburban ennui. About the Pink Sky heralds a promising new voice in contemporary Japanese cinema.
“A slight, off-center drama that gradually reveals gentle humor"
- Justin Lowe, Sundance Review, The Hollywood Reporter
"[A] solid debut"
- Jordan M. Smith, Sundance Review, Ion Cinema
"[N]otable for its rejection of contemporary Japanese filmmaking norms"
- Ryland Aldrich, Sundance Review, Screen Anarchy
- Jennifer Tate, Film Review, View London
“[S]uccessful in its depiction of teenage mannerisms… the finale ties everything together beautifully”
- Esther Mereno, Sundance Review, Slug Magazine
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