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Ryô Ikebe ...
Shimamura
Keiko Kishi ...
Komako
Kaoru Yachigusa ...
Yôko
Akira Kubo
Haruo Tanaka ...
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Akira Nakamura
Chieko Naniwa ...
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Jun Tatara
Mineko Yorozuyo
Kumeko Urabe
Yasuko Nakada
Haruko Tôgô
Noriko Sengoku
Eiko Miyoshi
Akira Tani
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It's a man's world. Shimamura, an artist, comes to this snowbound town to rejuvenate himself. He connects with Komako, a geisha he met on a previous trip, and it seems like love. She's the foster daughter of a local family, almost engaged to the family's son Yukio, now dying of consumption. He's tended by his sister Yuko who's angry at Komako for abandoning her brother. Shimamura returns to Tokyo but promises he will be back soon. In anticipation of his return, Komako breaks with her patron and her family loses their home. Complications arise when Shimamura doesn't come back as promised. Then Komako discovers that he and Yuko knew each other in Tokyo. Can Komako escape destiny? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How do you improve a masterpiece?
28 August 2004 | by (michigan) – See all my reviews

How do you improve a masterpiece? (You can't.)

Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize winner in literature, creates an elegant, almost dream-like quality in the short novel, Snow Country. It reads quickly, but must be savored slowly to appreciate the nuances of denied love, and wasted beauty. The film's director, while faithful to most of the dialog, must feel the need to flesh out certain scenes, and to delete some scenes. The result may be a more understandable movie, but does not impart the same emotional depth as in the novel.

Black and white photography enhances the starkness of snow country, and the film gives an insight into 1930's Japanese social structure. 8 stars out of 10.


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