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In the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets entire villages for more than half the year, a distinctive way of life has evolved. Time follows a different, slower rhythm, and everyday routines, along with religious rituals, wedding traditions, festivals, foods, songs, and games, are adapted to Echigo’s austere living conditions and natural beauty. Ottinger leads us into this mythical country with a film that is part documentary and part legend, depicting two students, played by Kabuki performers, who are wondrously transformed with help from a beautiful vixen fox.

  • Year
    2011
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
    Japanese, English
  • Country
    Germany, Japan
  • Director
    Ulrike Ottinger
  • Screenwriter
    Ulrike Ottinger
  • Cast
    Takamasa Fujima, Kiyotsugu Fujima, Yumiko Tanaka, Yoko Tawada
  • Cinematographer
    Ulrike Ottinger