Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Overview

The descendants of two 19th century spiritual sisters struggle to maintain their enduring bond by exploring their ancestral connection in modern-day Shanghai. Connected as "laotong" (old sames) at the tender age of seven, Snow Flower and Lily grow up in isolation and develop a language all their own. In the folds of a white silk fan, they exchange furtive messages that only they can decipher. Meanwhile, in 21st century China, Flower's and Lily's descendants Nina and Sophia find the growing demands of their ...
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Overview

The descendants of two 19th century spiritual sisters struggle to maintain their enduring bond by exploring their ancestral connection in modern-day Shanghai. Connected as "laotong" (old sames) at the tender age of seven, Snow Flower and Lily grow up in isolation and develop a language all their own. In the folds of a white silk fan, they exchange furtive messages that only they can decipher. Meanwhile, in 21st century China, Flower's and Lily's descendants Nina and Sophia find the growing demands of their respective careers and their complicated love lives threatening to drive them apart. Only by focusing on the timeless messages hidden between the folds of that cherished fan will Nina and Sophia find the secrets to keeping their friendship alive, and avoid letting the demands of modern living shatter an ancient bond of friendship. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was adapted from author Lisa See's best-selling novel of the same name.
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Special Features

An in-depth documentary covering the filmmakers' journey including Interviews with Director Wayne Wang, Producers Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan, an Novelist Lisa See
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • UPC: 024543752882
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Mandarin, English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 61,497

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gianna Jun Snow Flower/Sophia,
Li Bingbing Nina/Lily,
Vivian Wu Aunt
Jiang Wu Butcher
Russell Wong Bank CEO
Coco Chiang Anna
Hu Jingyun Mrs. Liao
Archie Kao Sebastian
Chiang Yi Anna
Cao Shiping Mr. Wei
Zhang Ruijia Mrs. Wei
Gong Zhebing Professor
Lilia Zhou Nurse
Guo Congmeng Little Lily
Shen Danping Lily's Mother
Dai Yan Little Snow Flower
Xu Yu Lan Snow Flower's Mother
Wang Zhiming Foot Binder
Xu Shouqin Lily's Father
Tang Ying Madame Wang
Chen Tao Da Lang
Sun Feihu Master Lu
Lu Xiaolin Lady Lu, Yong Gang
Lu Zhong Lady Lu
Mian Mian Claire
Kgomoto Ditshwene Yong Gang
Fang Zhoubo Mr. Liao
Ding Xiaofu TV News Anchor
Li Qiang Gao Kao Official
Zhang Liqiu Butcher's Mother
Hugh Jackman Arthur
Andy Gao Bartender
Lin Ying Lotus
Li Huixia Cousin Yan's Mother
Jin Pei Landlady
Meng Fan Hua Bathhouse Clerk
Qu Rongyi Spring Moon (15 years old)
Zhou Yancen Lily
Long Nv Snow Flower/Sophia Double
Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director
Ronald Bass Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Man Lim-chung Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Jessinta Liu Co-producer
Andrew Loo Co-producer
Erica Mak Production Manager
Wendi Murdoch Producer
Ted Perkins Associate Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Chris Quilty Sound Mixer
Michael Ray Screenwriter
Joe Rudge Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo Shong Executive Producer
Deirdre Slevin Editor
Florence Sloan Producer
Leo Tam Casting
Wang Tianyun Associate Producer
Fei Wong Asst. Director
Richard Wong Cinematographer
Angela Workman Screenwriter
Zhe Yan Makeup
Tang Yi Makeup
Wang Zhonglei Executive Producer
Ren Zhonglun Executive Producer
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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    An amazing spirit filled journey and bond shared between two sets of different women spanning two separate generations.

    This film was a complete surprise for me. I found out, after watching it, that it is based on a novel written by Lisa See. I myself have never read this book so I was quite in the dark. From the very start I was enchanted with this movie and it stayed with me until the very end. If you are going to watch this film make sure you have a box of tissues handy for this film has very intense moments. The film is divided into three different time periods, yet is not in anyway confusing. As you travel through 19th century China you meet Lilly and Snow Flower, brought up together by an arranged Chinese friendship, due to an old Chinese ritual. Back in the 90's, Nina and Sophia, descendants of Lilly and Snow Flower who are childhood friends also grow up together in their more modern way. There is also the present, as when later as adults, Nina and Sophia lose touch with one another until a tragedy teaches one that the bond and love of friendship is more important than anything else in life. The beautiful scenery filmed in Shanghai is amazing and the music is beautiful. Even after watching the special features and listening to how it was filmed, it still left me breathless. I loved how the old Chinese tale was woven with the more contemporary parts of the film. The film goes back and forth amongst the two different generations, however I found the 19th Century parts of the film more emotional and interesting. This is a film for one to share with ones daughters, sisters and anyone with whom one may share that special bond with. It also makes a great gift. This film will be forever in my heart.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    This was disappointing. I initially saw the preview when it was

    This was disappointing. I initially saw the preview when it was first released, and it piqued my interest, since I like foreign films, and especially ones about Chinese history. But I decided to read the book first. The book is well-written and engaging. The movie, on the other hand is truncated and contrived. There is no parallel story in the book, and the details of importance and relevance that were in the book were completely ignored. Had they stayed with the fullness of the text, they would have had a strong story about Snow Flower and Lily, instead we have a viscerated version of what was intended. The second story line is weak and vague, as is the movie version of the original story that was worth telling with all of its texture, and nuances. Because so much was omitted in the movie, there is no comprehension of what really took place and that was the entire point of the story in the book. I wanted to like the movie, some of it is beautifully shot, and the costuming is accurate and rich, but the movie is flat and feels like a poorly-constructed imitation of the poignant story that was written with a firm knowledge of the culture. I even watched it a second time, but that only strengthened my distaste for it. Rent it, but do not bother purchasing it. If you like this genre, try Joy Luck Club and Raise the Red Lantern. Amy Tan is a better writer than Lisa See, probably due to the fact that she is Asian, and it shows in her work. Another beautifully-crafted book that was almost as good as a film, is Memoirs of a Geisha, about 20th Century Japan. The book is elegant in tone and mellifluous in style, and it is often difficult to believe a man wrote it. If I had not read the book version of this, I would not have understood the significance of the events as much.

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