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Snowy Love Fall in Spring (2005)

Haru no yuki (original title)
Early 20th century Japan. Kiyoaki Matsugae, a young aristocrat falls in love with a girl he grew up with; Satoko Ayakura, who is to be married to a prince of the royal family.

Director:

Isao Yukisada

Writers:

Yukio Mishima (novel), Chihiro Itô (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Kiyoaki Matsugae
Yûko Takeuchi ... Satoko Ayakura
Sôsuke Takaoka ... Shigekuni Honda
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... H.I.H Tohin-nomiya harunorioh
Tomorô Taguchi ... Yamada, Butler of Matsugae family
Atsuko Takahata Atsuko Takahata ... H.R.H Tohin-nomiya
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Marquis Ayakura
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Marchioness Ayakura
Kyôko Kishida ... Kiyoaki's grandmother
Kyôko Maya Kyôko Maya ... Marchioness Matsugae
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Marquis Matsugae
Suwinit Panjamawat Suwinit Panjamawat
Anuchit Sapanpong Anuchit Sapanpong
Mirai Shida ... Young Satoko Ayakura
Chie Tanaka
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Satoko's Father has an affair with her maid, Tadeshina, and tells her that before Satoko gets married she is to have one night with a man she really loves, who thus plots revenge. Years later Kiyoaki falls in love with Satoko but after a fight he ceases all contact with her. Satoko gets engaged with a member of the royal family. Upon finding out about it, Kiyoaki extorts romantic meetings with Satoko from Tadeshina by threatening her to show love letters he received from Satoko to her parents and inform them that Tadeshina knew about it. Satoko gets pregnant, Tadeshina promises to help but instead fakes a suicide attempt in order to exact her revenge on the Ayakura family. Now aware of Satoko's and Kiyoaki's affair and Satoko'S pregnancy, the Ayakura and the Matsugae family decide to have Satoko abort her baby in secret. Thereupon Satoko decides to become a nun. She promises the head nun that she wouldn't see Kiyoaki ever again; Who pursues her after he reads about her whereabouts in ... Written by Nyan Nyan

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Drama | History | Romance

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Utada Hikaru's song "Be My Last" is the theme song of this movie See more »

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sincere attempt
15 November 2006 | by royg-4See all my reviews

This is a heartfelt, sincere attempt to capture the love story in Spring Snow. It is carefully and respectfully done with high production values and an obvious respect to the source. Yes, the adaptation suffers the usual sins of deviation from the book, including here the astonishing transposition of the deepest irony from its place within the novel to the beginning of the film, thus giving away one of the novel's most striking, unexpected, and ironic moments which, when revealed, colors so much of the novel.

However, this is not my main complaint. It is, rather, that in the novel the love story takes place in and can only be understood in terms of the other cultural aspects of the novel.

In the film, the love story is abstracted from these other elements. As such, the film becomes a soap. A sincere, well made, perhaps much superior soap, but still, a soap.

Thus, you can watch this and come away with: "So what's the big deal?" Read the amazing book and you'll know. The love story is even more dramatic, but part of the reason is the much broader context in which it's occurring that, at best, is only hinted at in the film. Not to mention Mishima's exquisite description of aspects of the environs in the midst of dramatic events.

Still, Spring Snow, the movie, is superior to much of what passes for drama today.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Thai | Japanese

Release Date:

29 October 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Neve de Primavera See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,692,519
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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