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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  • Director Scott Hicks with Max von Sydow
  • Ethan Hawke and Yûki Kudô in Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
  • Ishmael & Hatsue
  • Ethan Hawke stars as Ishmael
  • Rick Yune co-stars as Kazuo
  • Ethan Hawke stars as Ishmael Chambers

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Director:

Scott Hicks

Writers:

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

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27 May 2000 | Chris_Docker
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| Love in the Cold
Snow Falling on Cedars

Nominated for best cinematography, this film deserved to give American Beauty a better run for its money. Sadly savaged by many critics, who seemed to fail to grasp the depth of the story and the beauty with which it was told because they were too busy analyzing the parts. Snow Falling on Cedars follows a mixed race love that is complicated by the onset of war. The reactions of the two principle characters betrays not only how human love can transcend itself into something greater but how those involved can find fulfillment in themselves through its sacrifice. The exquisite symbolism (you could write a book on the different things snow could symbolize after watching this) is never overplayed - in other words, the viewer can enjoy the film as entertainment without having "deeper meanings" rammed down their throat - but they are there in abundance, from the way the scenery is developed to small details such as the main character's name ("Ishmael" - meaning "He whom God hears").

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