Snow Falling on Cedars Movie Review 1999

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Visually beautiful but remarkably dull adaptation of David Guterson's novel. In 1954, journalist and WWII vet, the portentiously named Ishmael Chambers (Hawke), confronts his past when he's assigned to report on the trial of Japanese-American Kazuo Miyamoto (Yune), who's accused of murdering a fellow fisherman (Thal) in a small community north of Puget Sound. Kazuo just happens to be married to Ishmael's former flame, Hatsue (Kudoh)--their romance having been thwarted by the prejudicial times. Lots of impressionistic flashbacks complicate matters while the story meanders along, not helped by Hawke's blank-faced performance.


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Running time 128 minutes.

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Flashback, Concentration/Internment Camps, Order in the Court, Period Piece: 1950s, Period Piece: 1940s, Interracial Affairs, Front Page
Scott Hicks, Ronald Bass
Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, Rick Yune, Sam Shepard, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell, James Rebhorn, Richard Jenkins, Eric Thal, Celia Weston, Max Wright
Robert Richardson
Scott Hicks
James Newton Howard
Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Harry Ufland, Ronald Bass, Universal Studios

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