This coming love month, dive into a puddle”•no, an ocean of feels with Snow Flower, a Japanese young adult movie that is almost too precious for this world.
Out on Feb. 6 in time for Valentine’s Day, Snow Flower is about a year in the life of a bright young woman named Miyuki (Ayami Nakajo). The sad truth is, it’s her last year to live, according to her doctor’s prognosis. Just as she’s about to abandon all hope, she meets Yusuke (Hiroomi Tosaka), a kind stranger who would become the love of her life, in wintertime Tokyo.
In a serendipitous turn of events, Miyuki and Yusuke cross paths again six months after their first meeting. Her time running out, Miyuki courageously offers Yusuke a deal: be her boyfriend for one month in exchange for one million yen. Yusuke, whose café workplace desperately needs a financial boost, accepts the offer to continue supporting his younger siblings.
Truly beginning in the summer, their romance is a match blessed by the universe as the seasons unfold as beautifully as their story. From the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, their love story crosses oceans to the red aurora of Finland (it’s Miyuki’s last wish to witness the rare phenomenon in the winter wonderland where her parents met).
Based on the iconic Japanese winter song “Yuki no Hana” (Snow Flower), this feel-good young adult movie will remind you what it truly means to be alive and present in the moment.
Directed by Kojiro Hashimoto, the film is distributed by Axinite Digicinema in the Philippines.