Snow Falling on Cedars (film)

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German title Snow falling on cedar trees
Original title Snow Falling on Cedars
Country of production United States
original language English , Japanese , German
Publishing year 1999
length 127 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 10
Director Scott Hicks
script Ronald Bass
Scott Hicks
production Ronald Bass
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Harry J. Ufland
music James Newton Howard
camera Robert Richardson
cut Hank Corwin

Snow That Falls On Cedars is an American film from 1999 . The director Scott Hicks used it to film the 1994 novel of the same name by David Guterson . When the fisherman Kazuo Miyamoto is charged with killing an American fisherman, Ishmael Chambers, played by Ethan Hawke , who is a reporter at the trial, is confronted with his past .


1954: The fisherman Carl Heine is found drowned on the coast of the US state Washington . Since the dead man has a head injury, murder cannot be ruled out, and Heine's Japanese colleague Kazuo Miyamoto is arrested.

Reporter Ishmael Chambers is supposed to cover the trial and meets his childhood sweetheart Hatsue Imada, the defendant's wife. Chambers could help solve the crime, but his reborn feelings for Hatsue put him in a dilemma. In the end he agreed to help, but had to fight against the resentment that still existed after the Second World War on both sides. Chambers can prove, however, that Carl Heine's boat was hit by the bow wave of another ship and that he fell off the ship and drowned as a result. Kazuo Miyamoto is thus innocent and is acquitted.

The main storyline, however, is the internment of the Japanese minority living on the west coast. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor , numerous Japanese citizens were interned. The film aims to bring back this often forgotten part of history.

useful information

  • The world premiere of Snow Falling on Cedars was held on September 12, 1999 at the Toronto Film Festival . The US premiere was on December 9th of that year, the official US release date was January 7th, 2000. On March 30th, 2000 the film was released in German cinemas.
  • The film was shot mainly in British Columbia , other locations were Whidbey Island and Los Angeles .
  • Universal Pictures produced Snow That Falls on Cedars in partnership with The Kennedy / Marshall Company on a budget of $ 35 million.

Difference to the novel

The character of Kazuo Miyamoto is called Kabuo Miyamoto in the novel.

German version

The German synchronous processing was created in 1999/2000.

role actor Voice actor
Ishmael Chambers Ethan Hawke Frank Schaff
Hatsue Imada Miyamoto Youki Kudoh Carola Ewert
Nels Gudmundsson Max von Sydow Jürgen Thormann
Kazuo Miyamoto Rick Yune Johannes Berenz
Alvin Hooks James Rebhorn Till Hagen
Arthur Chambers Sam Shepard Frank Glaubrecht
Horace Whaley Max Wright Lutz Mackensy
Sheriff Art Moran Richard Jenkins Helmut Gauss
Carl Heine Daniel von Bargen Roland Hemmo
Etta Heine Celia Weston Kerstin Sanders-Dornseif


Cinematographer Robert Richardson was nominated for an Oscar and an ASC Award . Richardson, on the other hand, received four critical awards. The film was nominated five times at the Satellite Awards in 2000, but it came out empty-handed.


“In the equal coexistence of the present and the past, the film evokes pain and beauty at the same time by telling the tragedy of this unique love beyond romantic clichés. Exceptionally carefully staged and played impressively. "

"Precise and brilliantly illustrated time portrait"


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Snow that falls on cedars in the German synchronous index , accessed on October 3, 2008
  2. Snow that falls on cedar trees. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 18, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Jump up ↑ Snow Falling on Cedars, TV Today . Retrieved February 27, 2018.