Red Snow

Drama • 106 min 赤い雪

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The story begins one snowy day with the disappearance of a boy. His older brother blames himself; the traumatic event causes him to suppress his real memories of that day, burying them under hazy recollections of losing sight of his brother. Meanwhile, a series of unsolved murders occurs, each one seemingly related to the woman suspected of kidnapping and murdering the boy. However, her refusal to talk leaves these crimes shrouded in mystery. The woman has a young daughter who she confines in her home, abusing her and refusing to let the world know of her existence. Thirty years after the boy’s disappearance, a journalist revives interest in the case, which in turn compels the victim’s brother to look for this woman’s daughter in the snowy hinterlands of northern Japan. This sets off a series of events that causes the brother and the woman’s daughter to glimpse the truth that has been concealed by their vague and painful memories.

Writer / Director: Sayaka Kai

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Kai’s previous joint directorial works, such as 2000’s “Border Line”and 2001’s “Pellet,”have been screened at film festivals around the world, including the Santa Fe Short Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, where they have received numerous accolades. Kai has since directed several shorts on her own, each one featuring strong thematic elements and powerful imagery. “The Curse of Ondine”(2014), which depicts both Noh and the human psyche, has received numerous awards in Japan and was met with acclaim at a screening at Paris’s Maison de la Culture du Japon. Her deep insight into human psychology and penetrating visual approach offer something new and important to Japanese film. “Red Snow”is her feature-length debut. 

Actress: NAHANA


2001年に園子温監督の映画『自殺サークル』で女優としてデビュー。2005年の映画『YUMENO』でオーディションにて3,000人の中から選ばれて初主演、2006年のオムニバスホラー映画『コワイ女』の「鋼 -はがね-」では頭からズダ袋を被った特異なキャラクターを脚のみで演じるなど、多くのインディーズ映画で主演やヒロインを務めて「インディーズ(映画)の女王」とも称されるようになり、次第にメジャー作品にも進出する。映画を中心に活動する一方で、劇団絶対王様に所属して舞台にも立ち、NHK教育テレビ『スペイン語会話』などにも出演する。2012年の『どんずまり便器』でゆうばり国際ファンタスティック映画祭2012にてベストアクトレス賞を受賞。2013年には、NHK連続テレビ小説 「純と愛」での好演が話題となる。過去にハッピーエンド(2008)、 ヘヴンズ ストーリー(2010)、YOKOHAMA物語(2011)などの作品がJAPAN FILM FESTIVALでも上映された。


Director: Sayaka Kai

Producer: Hirotaka Asano

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, NAHANA, Arata Iura, Yui Natsukawa, Koichi Sato

Actress NAHANA & Dir. Sayaka Kai Q&A

USA premiere screening

JFFLA2019 Invited Selection

In Japanese with English subtitle  

©2019Red Snow Film Pertners 

rate; R (PG-15)

Screening Schedule

LA: 11am Aug. 18.

OC: 4pm Aug. 17.