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Program Title: Snow Country [Yukiguni]
EASC Code: JS-10
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Literature
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Shiro Toyoda
Producer:
Release Date:
Running Time: 134 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "Komako was sent to Shimamura's room to provide artful entertainment. Her handsome customer is obviously attracted, yet he asks her to call another geisha. Komako is furious. 'We don't let geisha like that into this inn!' she cries. Shimamura likes Komako too much to want to hurt her, and she likes him just as well. Isn't that reason enough to make love? 'But we might not want to look at each other tomorrow,' he fears. How well do they know each other? Komako knows that Shimamura is an artist and that he's come to the mountain resort to regain his honesty. No doubt he has a wife in Tokyo, and there's every chance that Komako, a mere village geisha, ever existed. Shimamura knows that Komako is beautiful, vivacious, vulnerable. She stimulates his jaded soul--but what can he offer her? And by the same token, how can he resit her? Only later does Chimamura suspect that there is a darker, tragic side to Komako's beauty--drawing him ever more deeply into the enclosed world of the village in the snowbanks."
Data Entry Date: 2/15/2000