Snow Trail (Japanese: 銀嶺の果て, Hepburn: Ginrei no Hate) is a 1947 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Senkichi Taniguchi from Akira Kurosawa's screenplay. It was the first film role for Toshirō Mifune, later to become one of Japan's most famous actors. Mifune and the other main actor in the film, Takashi Shimura, later became long-term collaborators of film director Akira Kurosawa.

Snow Trail
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Japanese movie poster
Directed bySenkichi Taniguchi
Produced byTomoyuki Tanaka
Written byAkira Kurosawa
Senkichi Taniguchi (uncredited)
Music byAkira Ifukube
CinematographyJunichi Segawa
Edited bySenkichi Taniguchi
Akira Kurosawa (uncredited)
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • August 5, 1947 (1947-08-05)[1]
Running time
89 minutes


The story follows the fate of three bank robbers (Mifune, Takashi Shimura, and Yoshio Kosugi) on the run from the police, who hide out high up in the snowy Japanese mountains in a remote lodge inhabited by an old man, his granddaughter and an intrepid mountaineer (Akitake Kono) trapped there by a recent blizzard. They don’t know that the men are criminals, and a tense standoff starts to unfold.



  1. ^ (in Japanese) accessed 5 January 2009

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