Blue Mountains

Japan Release: 1957
Running Time:
133 minutes

Snow Country

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In 1935, around the time of the Aizawa Incident, an artist named Shimamura pays a visit to a resort town in the mountains, where he meets a local geisha named Komako. Their relationship gradually shifts from professional to turbulently romantic and is ultimately tested by a number of factors: the discovery of Shimamura’s marriage to a woman in Tokyo; Komako’s former engagement to a terminally ill man who she currently—and halfheartedly—looks after; and the resentment of a fiery young woman named Yoko, who secretly loves Komako’s former betrothed.

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International Title

Snow Country

Initial US Title

Snow Country
US Distributor: - / Time: 120 minutes

Alternate Titles




Directed by Shiro Toyoda
Writing credits Toshio Yasumi, Yasunari Kawabata
Produced by Ichiro Sato
Music by Ikuma Dan
Cinematography by Jun Yasumoto
Shimamura Ryo Ikebe
Komako Keiko Kishi
Yoko Kaoru Yachigusa
Saichiro, Yoko's brother Akira Kubo
Imura Hisaya Morishige
- Chieko Naniwa
- Daisuke Kato
- Eiko Miyoshi
- Noriko Sengoku


Background and Trivia

  • Based on the novel Snow Country (雪国) by Yasunari Kawabata, which was serialized from 1935 to 1937. Kawabata later added a final installment in 1947, whereupon the novel reached its "completed" state.
  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on April 15th, 1962 with the registration number of PA0000418521. Toho renewed the film's registration on January 23rd, 1990 with the registration number RE0000462337. The titles submitted were "Snow Country" and "Yukiguni".