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Stills from The Snow Flurry - a woman in a white kimono walks in picture 1. A man lies on the beach crying in image 2. A man and woman stand next to a tree while another person watches them in image 3.

The Snow Flurry (35mm) (風花)

Duration: 1h18m
Dates: Sun 25 Feb 2024 14:00

Image ©1959 Shochiku Co., Ltd

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Hideo (Masanao Kawakane), the youngest son of the Nagura family, defies his father’s disapproval and plans a double suicide with Haruko (Keiko Kishi). However, only Haruko survives, and the act brings shame to the family, who refuse to forgive her. Impregnated, Haruko gives birth to Suteo (Yusuke Kawazu) and lives in the shadow of her past, feeling outcast.

Suteo finds solace in Sakura (Yoshiko Kuga), his older cousin with whom he has fallen in love. However, Suteo’s forbidden love echoes his mother’s tragic story…

This deeply moving melodrama skilfully critiques family traditions and societal barriers in a post-war village with its non-linear storytelling. Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998), a celebrated Japanese director, is known for a wide range of films, including The Ballad of Narayama and Army. He often explores the suffering, responsibilities, and moral dilemmas of individuals. Despite his significant contributions to Japanese cinema, he has remained somewhat overshadowed by other masters like KUROSAWA Akira Kurosawa, with many of his films yet to gain more international recognition.

Screening as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024, exploring the theme Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.

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