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PROGRAM

The Kingdom of Snow

  • Japan
  • 2019
  • 27min
  • color
  • Documentary
  • ALL
  • Korean Premiere

When the cold, high-pressure air mass from the Eurasian region meets the low-pressure air mass above the sea around Japan, it becomes snow turning the mountainous area in Japan into the ‘kingdom of snow’. To the skiers, this area with plenty of snow is like a heaven, and especially, the Hakkoda in Aomori and the Northern Japan Alps in Nagano are the best place to enjoy. Due to the recent climate crisis, however, this area has rains in winter instead of snow, which increases the danger of avalanches. Thus, skiers now head for Rishiri Island in Hokkaido, the northernmost area of Japan, looking for better snow. This film invites the audience into the peace of oriental painting with a calm explanation of a storyteller and the energetic dance-like movements of skiers on the snow. (GWAK Jeong-hye)

 

[Screening Information]

-UMFF On Air (Online Screening) / 10.23 ~ 11.01 (10 days) / World-wide Open

* Every film is only available from 00:00(KST) on its start date to 23:59(KST) on its end date. 

Director

  • Shinya KOBAYASHI, Yuta WATANABE

    Shinya Kobayashi grew up in Hokkaido, Japan. He started a production called Rightup Inc. in Tokyo in 2010. Yuta Watanabe grew up with snowboarding in Hokkaido, Japan, and riding as professional athlete in Canada. He is now back to Japan as a filmmaker always willing to capture human passion combined into beautiful nature. 

Credit

  • ProducerRanyo TANAKA
  • Cast Kenji KONO, Ayana ONOZUKA, Shinya NAKAGAWA, Tomoki FUSE
  • Cinematography Hisanori KATO
  • Editor Yuta WATANABE
  • Sound Kai ISHIKAWA

Schedule