Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Romance


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A Japanese-American fisherman is accused of killing his neighbor at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

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  • Ethan Hawke and Yûki Kudô in Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
  • Young Ishmael with his father, Arthur
  • Director Scott Hicks with Max von Sydow
  • Ishmael & Hatsue
  • Director Scott Hicks
  • Ethan Hawke stars as Ishmael

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Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

David Guterson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay), Scott Hicks (screenplay)

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5 November 2001 | Hitchcoc
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This is one of those films that needs to be seen a second time to pick up on the subtleties of the plot. It is a feast for the eyes and features outstanding acting. It also has a sense of balance. It doesn't manipulate its viewer. The murder mystery isn't one that brings in forces that threaten the main character. The forces are prejudice and fear. The adversaries are not people carrying guns but rather the legal system that often overlooked the rights of people of another race or ethnic background. The internment camps are part of the backdrop. I know that people say this is slow, but so is the process these people faced.

I loved the intellectual character of the young man who has to look past his own feeling and try to bring closure to someone he will never be able to have. The transitions are so breathtaking. The winter scenes are a portrait of softness and violence. My wife had read the book upon which this is based and said that the movie might be interesting. Apparently, the producers were unwilling to go the extra mile to get this noticed. It's a gem and deserves to be on a list of very fine movies.

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