Snow Falling on Cedars


Set around World War II, this love-story-cum-trial-story is about the murder of a fisherman farmer. The prime suspect is his friend, a Japanese man, who grew up in the area and is well known. Anti-Japanese sentiments were still running high after the war, even though the man in question had fought in the American army. Complicating matters is that his Japanese wife was the long-time best friend and lover of an Anglo man, himself bitter that he was never allowed to marry the Japanese woman.


126 minutes.
Drama, Romance

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Will love conquer all?
Will love conquer all?

Credits

Cast
Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, Youki Kudoh, James Rebhorn, Max von Sydow
Director
Scott Hicks
ScreenplayRonald Bass, Scott Hicks, from the novel by David Guterson
MusicJames Newton-Howard
CinematographyRobert Richardson
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributor UIP
Made in1999
Produced byUniversal Pictures

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
15
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
20
The Star
Jay Carr
16
Die Burger
Francois Smith
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
18
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
10
Rough Cut
Christopher Brandon
19
Total Film
Neil Smith
10
Film Review
L´orien Haynes
10

What the People say

Internet
771 Netizens
15

Average .. 72%

14

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Absolutely gorgeous cinematography, set for Oscar glory. The story is a kinda romeo-and-juliet-and-merchant-of-venice combination. The look at the American treatment of the Japanese Americans was interesting. At times, it seemed they were drawing parallels between how they treated the Japs and how the Nazi's treated the Jews. They then go on to say, well, okay, we locked them up, but look at the nice accomodation and facilites we gave them, and at least we didn't gas them.... This film is on the art circuit, which is a pity as it *should* be seen by teenagers.






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