What the Snow Brings(,Yuki ni Negau Koto) is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Kichitaro Negishi and based on a novel by Sho Narumi.
Following a tip, Manabu Yazaki loses his last money betting on the older "banba" horse "Unryu" (jockied by Makie, a legendary jockey's daughter) in a draft-horse race held in his childhood home of Obihiro on the island of Hokkaido.
Manabu Yazaki had left his familys home in Hokkaido 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 banmei 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 banmei, and who may be heading for the slaughterhouse.
Yusuke Iseya as Manabu Yazaki
Koichi Sato as Takeo Yazaki
Kyoko Koizumi as Haruko Tanaka
Kazue Fukiishi as Makie Shudo
Teruyuki Kagawa as Ogasawara
Kippei Shiina () as Kurokawa
Yukiyoshi Ozawa () as Suto
Masahiko Tsugawa as Ozeki
Denden () as Tamotsu Fujimaki
Hiroshi Yamamoto () as Tetsuo Kato
What the Snow Brings played at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2005 and was released theatrically in Japan on May 20, 2006. In September 2007, it had a showing at the 2007 Raindance Film Festival.