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On its simplest level, "Snow Falling on Cedars" is a murder mystery with all the intrigue and drama of a courtroom thriller.

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By: Neehal Mooruth 11A

On its simplest level, "Snow Falling on Cedars" is a murder mystery with all the intrigue and drama of a courtroom thriller. The main plot begins with a murder and within the main plot Scott Hicks weaves a series of subplots. It's a story of friendship and a courtroom drama of players like pawns on the chessboard of life. The visceral and cinematic approach used in the film pierces one's senses with a rich tale of love, betrayal, prejudice and honour.

The movie, "Snow Falling on Cedars" is set in the 1950's on San Pedro Island, with a local Japanese fisherman named Kazuo Miyamoto (Rick Yune) being tried for the murder of another man, Carl Heine (Eric Thal).

One foggy night, while Carl was out on his boat, the "Susan Marie" a dense fog enveloped his boat. He called for help. His friend Kazuo Miyamoto docked near him and offered to recharge his battery. However, the next morning, Carl's lifeless body was discovered entangled in his own nets. Kazuo a Japanese American is accused of the murder, him having been at the scene of the crime but a few minutes earlier.

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