Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

Streaming Video - 1999
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Ethan Hawke stars in this "riveting tale of mystery" (FOX-TV) based on the award-winning best-selling novel. A murder trial has upset the quiet community of San Piedro, and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy. For Ishamael Chambers (Hawke), a local reporter, the trial strikes a deep emotional chord when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case. As he investigates the killing, he uncovers some startling clues that lead him to a shocking discovery. Co-starring James Cromwell, Sam Shepard and Max Von Sydow, Snow Falling on Cedars is "hypnotic, mesmerizing and inspiring" (ABC-TV).
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Pictures, 1999.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 127 min.)) :,sd., col.
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kpelish
Dec 04, 2018

The book is better at capturing the interior, reflective thoughts in this story than the slow-moving, ponderous film adaptation. It mixes an ocean murder mystery, a bi-racial love story, a call to preserve freedom of the press, and an examination of a Pacific NW community's reaction to the WWII internment of Japanese-American citizens being ripped from their homes. There's a poignant scene where a decorated Japanese-American soldier, home at last, attempts to retrieve the family strawberry farm. The actors are good in long scenes set in a courtroom, against a frequently visually dark and snowy background (most of the filming was done in Canada, with some on Whidbey Island). The memory flashbacks are sometimes awkwardly introduced and performed.

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surreyfield3
Aug 26, 2016

My favorite movie - beautiful cinematography.

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akirakato
Jan 26, 2015

This is a 1999 film directed by Scott Hicks, based on David Guterson's award-winning novel of the same title.
It tells a riveting tale of mystery with a sad, heart-wrenching yet powerful love story in both the background and foreground.
A murder trial has upset the quiet community and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy.
For Ishmael Chambers, a local reporter, the trial strikes a deep emotional chord when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case.
As he investigates the killing, he uncovers some startling clues that lead him to a shocking discovery.
This is one of the best suspenseful, mind-boggling and thought-provoking movies in the recent years.
How come it didn't win the Oscar best picture?

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Eclectos
Jan 05, 2013

A beautiful rendition of the book by David Guterson. The defense lawyer's summation is powerful!

voisjoe1 Dec 25, 2012

Around WWII, a returning Japanese-American soldier is charged with he murder of a white neighbor over land stolen from his father while the Japanese-American family was confined to a concentration camps for Japanese-American citizens living in California. The story portrays the white populace, some prejudiced against the Japanese-Americans, others that know the Japanese-Americans were patriotic. This small film garnered an Oscar nomination for cinematography along with wins for cinematograph at the Chicago, Las Vegas, and Dallas-Fort Worth film festivals.

dragonsnakes Mar 04, 2011

Good movie, but I enjoyed the book more

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kpelish
Dec 04, 2018

Other: Xenophobia, expressed by people from American and Scandinavian cultures, and to a lesser extent, from Japanese culture.

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kpelish
Dec 04, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scenes, tactfully done (implied).

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kpelish
Dec 04, 2018

Violence: A fisherman drowns and the resulting autopsy is graphic; a newspaper reporter receives death threats; a soldier has bloody WWII flashbacks.

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