Snow Woman


Directed by: Kiki Sugino
2016 / 96 minutes / Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult


Enigmatic and electrifying

Director Kiki Sugino puts a modern spin to this adaptation of the ancient Japanese folklore and ghost story Yuki-onna. Told with a non-linear storyline, Snow Woman is a slow, hypnotic film that plays out like a feverish dream sequence.

One wintry evening, deep in the woods, young hunter Minokichi (Munetaka Aoki) and his aging mentor Mosaku take refuge in an abandoned hut. Minokichi wakes up in the middle of the night and is terrified to find a ghostly yuki-onna (snow woman), who takes his mentor’s life with a single frosty breath to his face. The yuki-onna spares his life under the condition that he never tells a single soul.

One day, Minokichi comes across a mysterious woman, Yuki, who lost her way in the woods. Her uncanny resemblance to the yuki-onna is not lost on Minokichi, and neither is her captivating beauty. When Minokichi takes her to the village, word quickly spreads about the mysterious outsider. Despite the rumours and uncertainties surrounding Yuki’s identity, Minokichi only draws her in closer by proposing to marry her…

Sugino creates a unique period piece set in an alternate reality where antiquity and modernity co-exist. Snow Woman is a visual and aural feast best enjoyed by surrendering to the mystery and the ghostly, electrifying soundtrack by music composer Sow Jow.

Don't forget to join us for the special guest event in Sydney for a post-film Q&A with Kiki Sugino and Munetaka Aoki.
Audience warning: This film contains moderate themes with mild nudity and sexual content.

Friday 24th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Saturday 25th November

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Kiki Sugino

Producer: Kousuke Ono and Daichi Monden

Original Story: Lafcadio Hearn’s Yuki-onna

Screenplay: Mitsuo Shigeta, Kiki Sugino and Seigan Tominomori

Music: Sowjow

Cast: Kiki Sugino, Munetaka Aoki, Mayu Yamaguchi, Shiro Sano and Kumi Mizuno

Format: DCP colour