What the Snow Brings

What the Snow Brings (雪に願うこと, Yuki ni Negau Koto) is a 2005 Japanese drama film directed by Kichitaro Negishi and based on a novel by Shō Narumi.[1]

What the Snow Brings
Directed byKichitaro Negishi
Screenplay byMasato Kato
StarringYūsuke Iseya
Kōichi Satō
Kyōko Koizumi
Kazue Fukiishi
Teruyuki Kagawa
Mitsuko Kusabue
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Release date
October 28, 2005 (Japan, festival)
May 20, 2006 (Japan, theatrical)
Running time
112 minutes


Manabu Yazaki had left his family's home in Hokkaidō years before to go to Tokyo to earn a degree, start a company and get married. Now, divorced and pursued by creditors, he returns to his home and the family he has ignored for so many years. He loses the last of his money on a ban'ei horse race, a local sport where huge draft horses compete while pulling sleighs. Now broke, Manabu finds a job at the stable run by his brother Takeo. There he meets two women, Haruko, who helps Takeo run the stable, and Makie, the jockey who seems to have lost her touch. He also finds Unryu at the stable, the horse that cost him his money at the ban'ei, and who may be heading for the slaughterhouse.



What the Snow Brings played at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2005[2] and was released theatrically in Japan on May 20, 2006.[1] In September 2007, it had a showing at the 2007 Raindance Film Festival.[3]


18th Tokyo International Film Festival[2]

28th Yokohama Film Festival[4]

31st Hochi Film Awards[5]


  1. ^ a b "雪に願うこと" (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "18th Tokyo International Film Festival". Tokyo International Film Festival. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  3. ^ "What the Snow Brings". Raindance. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "第28回ヨコハマ映画祭 2006年日本映画個人賞" (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "報知映画賞ヒストリー" (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved December 4, 2011.

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