The Snow Woman

Synopsis: The lives of a master sculptor and his young apprentice are changed forever when they meet an evil witch during a snow storm.
Genre: Horror, Romance
79 min

Long ago,

on the border between Mino

and Hida, where there is much snow,

the legend of the Snow Woman

circulated among the people who lived there.

They say that one evening,

during a strong snowstorm,

the spirit of snow turned

into the terrible Snow Witch,

and roamed the mountains

and plains.

And if a man accidentally

spied her,

the Snow Woman immediately

took possession of him.

Common villagers believe

this legend.

Kaidan Yukijor

(Ghost Story of the Snow Fairy)

Ikuo Kubodera

Fuji Yahiro

Chishi Makiura

Sound Recording:
Yukio Unabara

Shunji Kurokawa

Art Direction:
Akira Naito

Akira Ifukube

Hiroshi Yamada - Sound Effects: Nobu Kurashima

Action Director:
Eiichi Kusumoto - Assistant Director: Atsuhiko Katsuro

Production Manager: Masanori Sanada

Tokyo Developing Laboratories


Shiho Fujimura

Akira Ishihama, Machiko Hasegawa

Taketoshi Nait, Fujio Suga,

Masao Shimizu

Mizuho Suzuki, Sachiko Murase,

Yoshiro Kitahara

Jutar Hojo, Sen Hara,

Tatsuo Hananuno

Tokio Oki, Jun Fujikawa,

Yukio Horikita, Shinya Sait,

Hajime Koshikawa, Kiyoshi Haruta,

Eijir Yamada, Ken'ichir Imura

Directed by:

Tokuzo Tanaka

At last, at last, I have found it!

This tree is remarkable!

It looks like a living being.

Truly! It stood here

for many years.

And now... at last, we found it

completely by accident.


Master, the weather is terrible.

What shall we do?

This night will be very nasty.

Let's stay here until the night

is over. It doesn't matter.

But there will be much

to tell about after.

It is a very happy evening,

we have found the splendid material

for which we searched so long.

And the blizzard's howl sounds to me

as if it were a song of celebration.

Yes, we will obtain the

permission of the Bailiff,

and saw this tree

as soon as possible.

At last I will begin the work.

My name will be known

in Mino mountains,

and my work will remain

with the people for a long time.

And the people will remember for

thousands of years

that the goddess

Kannon was made by my hands.

You, so young

and so beautiful...

I decided that I will not

kill you.

But in return, you mustn't tell

anyone about what you saw today!

Even your most intimate people.

Even relatives, children,

or your wife.

If you say even one word,

I will kill you.

Keep silent about this!


Yes, yes, I swear!

I won't talk! I won't tell anyone!

I'll be silent. Please, don't kill me!

What's happening?

- Did you have a nightmare?

- It's alright.

I slept badly.

Are you hiding something

from me?

What nonsense!

I have nothing to hide.

I hope so.

You see, I know you well.

But I can't understand anyway

what caused my husband's death,

and why you're sick

since then.

I just forgot to put wood on the fire,

and he froze in his sleep.

The people who brought you home

the next day said the same thing.

Well, if you know nothing more,

then I should believe their words.

Heave-ho! Heave-ho!

The tree! They brought the tree!

The tree which master found!

What? My husband?

Heave-ho! Heave-ho!

Here is the village! At last!

Hey, heave-ho! Heave-ho!


Here is the tree!

They brought it at last!


The Prior of the temple said,

today they brought that good material,

which the deceased Shigetomo


He said you're the successor

of the master.

Set about the work

on the goddess Kannon immediately.

But I... What do you say?

I completely lack the experience

for such an important work.

Never mind. The deceased Shigetomo

has always praised you.

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Fuji Yahiro

Fuji Yahiro (八尋不二, Yahiro Fuji) (18 July 1904 – 9 November 1986) was a Japanese screenwriter, mostly of chanbara films. His real name was Minoru Yahiro. Leaving Meiji University before graduating, he began writing screenplays at Shōzō Makino's Makino Film Productions in 1927. He ended up penning hundreds of screenplays at many studios, such as Teikine, Shinkō Kinema, and Daiei. He also participated in the "Narutakimura" group, writing screenplays with Sadao Yamanaka, Hiroshi Inagaki, Eisuke Takizawa and others. He also wrote many books and received the Order of the Rising Sun in 1975. more…

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