"It takes a rare thing, a turning point, to free oneself from any obsession…even love". If all life is coming to terms with what fate has already decided for you (your name, heritage, who you can love and also have)—is there a way to be free? Misunderstood and ignored upon release, the time has come to reassess SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. To appreciate its complexity beyond the astonishing cinematography and editing.
As with most films, the book is better. It's unfortunate that the film chose to center the white male perspective. I think the book does a much better job of exploring multiple perspectives, including the Japanese Americans who endured shameful internment during World War II. The cinematography is very gorgeous, though, and the film looked how I imagined San Piedro island would look.