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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

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A U.S. Japanese fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.

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Hatsue Miyamoto (as Youki Kudoh)
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Nels Gudmundsson (as Max Von Sydow)
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Alvin Hooks
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Judge Fielding
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Sheriff Art Moran
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Susan Marie Heine
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Carl Heine Jr.
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Etta Heine
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Carl Heine Sr. (as Daniel Von Bargen)
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Hisao Imada
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Fujiko Imada
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Carl, a fisherman in the waters off Washington state, has been found dead, drowned in his own nets, but with a serious head wound. Was he murdered? Post-war anti-Japanese sentiments are still running high, and a murder suspect is found in the local Japanese-American community in the form of Kabuo, another fisherman, who had a grudge against Carl's family. Ishmael, the small town's newspaperman, may have the information that would acquit Kabuo, but can he ever put his jilted love for Hatsue (Kazuo's wife) aside? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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7 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mientras nieva sobre los cedros  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,135 (USA) (24 December 1999)

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£30,243 (UK) (12 May 2000)
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Many of the "Harbor" and "Ocean" related signage remains in the filming location of Greenwood. This causes some confusion to tourists as Greenwood is 275 miles inland. See more »

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The American flag they showed had 50 states and there were only 48 during the period. See more »

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Arthur Chambers: That's the thing with girls. They grew up and break your heart.
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My Blue Heaven
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Magnificent - the best of the year.
27 January 2000 | by (Vero Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

This film stands apart from the standard, sometimes clever, seldom memorable work that passes too often for Oscar fare nowadays. It is a film about life and death, love and betrayal, passion and pain, forgiveness and redemption. It is about the power of emotion to influence perception and memory. It is about justice and truth.

But that is not why you should see it; You should see it for the story. For this film is so finely crafted, and the story unfolds so naturally, that it is easy to appreciate for the simple compelling drama of the narrative. You care about the characters, you care about how the trial turns out, and you ache to know the truth.

The plot centers around a murder trial of a Japanese man charged in the death of a local fisherman, and on a white reporter covering the trial. It turns out the reporter had once been in love with a Japanese woman, now the accused man's wife. This romance was shattered as World War II broke out, and the young woman and her family were rounded up with other Japanese Americans, and interred in camps.

The story that unfolds is part "Casablanca", part "Amistad", part "To Kill a Mockingbird", yet wholly original and true to itself. It is at once a tender love story, a lesson in history, a murder mystery, and more.

The story of each of the main characters is told through flashbacks that reveal how each of them has suffered because of the war and how each has to overcome this suffering. Many of the most compelling images of the film occur in these flashbacks. Like real lasting memories, they are moments of deep emotional significance, and include many images which you will carry in your own mind long after you have left the theater.

If you look for them you may also find some symbolic or allegorical images in the film (the boat's mast resembles a cross; the fish could also be seen as a Christian symbol of sacrifice), but these elements are not heavy handed or forced, they occur naturally as important elements of the story which is set in a small fishing village on the Northwestern coast of the US in the years surrounding World War II.

While I have seen many reviewers comment on how beautifully filmed and well acted this film is, I have seen a few who have somehow failed to appreciate the significance of the story. My only caution on this account is, take care that you are not so blinded by beauty, that you fail to notice love.

In short, I found this to be a brilliant, deep, uplifting engrossing, and highly satisfying film experience.


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