Keisuke KINOSHITA 木下恵介


Nippon Retro   ² 

Hideo, the youngest son of the NAGURA family, plans to commit double suicide with Haruko, since his father disapproves of their relationship. Hideo’s death brings shame upon the family, yet Haruko survives and raises their son Suteo. 18 years later, Suteo becomes entangled in another family tragedy. With its sharp critique of family traditions and its non-linear structure, THE SNOW FLURRY is one of the forerunners of the Japanese Nouvelle Vague.


日本 1959

78 分


Japan Foundation

Keiko KISHI, Yusuke KAWAZU, Yoshiko KUGA, Chieko HIGASHIYAMA, Ineko ARIMA

About Keisuke KINOSHITA

Keisuke KINOSHITA (1912–1998) is considered one of the most important Japanese directors. Starting in 1943, he made popular dramas, comedies, romances, ghost stories and noir films for Studio Shochiku, finding strong images even within conventions. After ARMY (1944), he was not allowed to work until the end of World War II. From 1945 on, the tension between the past and the hope for a new beginning was his central theme. The suffering, responsibility, and moral challenge of the individual are at the heart of many of his dramas. KINOSHITA’s rejection of feudal, militaristic Japan is clearly visible. With CARMEN COMES HOME (1951), he brought the first Japanese color film to the cinema, a summer comedy with serious overtones. KINOSHITA, who also repeatedly addressed the contrast between country and city, is considered the central humanist of post-war Japanese cinema. His sensitively-portrayed characters and their fates continue to touch audiences today.