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Snow Woman (Yuki Onna)

Part of the World Perspectives Strand

Kiki Sugino

  • 15

  • 96 mins

  • 2016

  • Japan

  • Japanese

Cast Kiki Sugino, Munetaka Aoki, Mayu Yamaguchi,  Shiro Sano

  • Director of Photography: Koji Ueno

  • Produced by: Daichi Monden, Kousuke Ono

  • Screenplay by: Mitsuo Shigeta, Kiki Sugino, Seigan Tominomori

  • Production Designer: Masami Tanaka

Director Bio

Kiki Sugino

Director Bio

Kiki Sugino boasts an already prolific career as actress and producer with films like Hospitalité, Au revoir l'été, Odayaka, and Chigasaki Story to her credit. TIFF and Taipei Film Festival have held showcases of her work. Her directorial debut Kyoto Elegy premiered at TIFF in 2014, and her second directorial feature Taksu won her the Rising Director Award at the Busan International Film Festival.

Body

This enigmatic and atmospheric retelling of an ancient Japanese ghost story is beautifully directed by Kiki Sugino, who also takes on the lead role as the ghostly snow woman. The story sees a hunter and his mentor encounter the snow woman during a snowstorm, with her frostbite-inducing breath killing the mentor, but sparing the hunter. He later meets the mysterious Suki (also Sugino), who resembles the snow woman and marries her. But the supernatural world haunts them, and spirits and superstition eventually impact on their rural idyll.



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