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Still shot from the movie: Snow Falling On Cedars.

Snow Falling On Cedars

Although it has been nine years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, Kazuo Miyamoto (Rick Yume) knows the prejudice in his Washington State home has not eased any -- and that is a problem because he is now a suspect in a murder investigation. His only hope of a fair trail is Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke), a journalist and Japanese sympathizer. But Ishmael may have other reasons for not wanting to help Kazuo. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 127
Theater Release: 07 Jan 2000
Video Release: 30 May 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do you think Hatsue chose to marry Kazuo instead of Ishmael? Do you think she made the right decision? Why do you think U.S. and Canadian governments identified citizens of Japanese descent, but not German decent? Why do we not often discuss this portion of our history?

Other alternatives for exploring this topic are the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles and the Japanese Canadian Museum in Vancouver B.C.

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