Snow Country ★★★★★

Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata's exquisite novel is brought to the screen in an adaptation which transcribes beautiful prose into scenes of stark pictorial perfection, just as I imagined them in my head when I read the book!

Ryō Ikebe - star of Masahiro Shinoda's Pale Flower (1964) - was the perfect choice for the role of Shimamura, the feckless artist who becomes involved with a geisha (Keiko Kishi, who also played Ikebe's love interest in Yasujirō Ozu's Early Spring from the previous year): his unsmiling demanour expertly conveys the haughty presence of an unlikeable but compelling character.

And as for the setting in a country inn during winter... well, never have I seen snow presented so picturesquely on screen as it is here!

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