Scott Hicks' debut, award winning feature, Shine, was layered and complex, but the central figure of David Helfgott dominated every segment of the film, unifying it's force. Snow Falling on Cedars shifts time with a questionable aggressiveness. It's almost as if Hicks has determined the story won't yield enough power on its own, and works the material ad nauseam, looking for an artistic magic wand that will turn the mundane into the glorious. There are three major elements to Snow Falling on Cedars. An inter-racial romance between Ishmael Chambers and Hatsue Miyamoto shifts back and forth in time, layering Ishmael's bitter present with bucolic images of childhood romance. There's the World War II Japanese internment story that unfolds as part of the romance. And the main element around which everything is framed is a stilted murder trial.
characters fail to emerge with any interest through the moody
photography and snow filled nights. Ishmael, the forlorn lover
is played by Ethan Hawke in an almost somnambulant stupor, is a
the small town newspaper editor covering the murder trial. Youki
Kudoh plays Hatsue, the object of Ishmael's affection and the
wife of the accused with appropriate delicacy. Sam Shepherd has
a few nice moments as Ishmael's father and Max Van Sydow has
plenty of imposing screen time as the defense attorney.
During World War II, Hollywood pumped out war movies one after the other. Vietnam was was another story. As far as Hollywood was concerned it was a pariah.
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