Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

2011

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

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22%

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Total Count: 88

47%

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In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Cast

Gianna Jun
as Snow Flower/Sophia
Bingbing Li
as Nina/Lily
Jiang Wu
as Butcher
Russell Wong
as Bank CEO
Jingyun Hu
as Mrs. Liao
Archie Kao
as Sebastian
Cao Shiping
as Mr. Wei
Zhang Ruijia
as Mrs. Wei
Gong Zhebing
as Professor
Guo Congmeng
as Little Lily
Shen Danping
as Lily's Mother
Danping Shen
as Lily's Mother
Dai Yan
as Little Snow Flower
Xu Yu Lan
as Snow Flower's Mother
Wang Zhiming
as Foot Binder
Wang Zhiiming
as Foot Binder
Xu Shouqin
as Lily's Father
Tang Ying
as Madame Wang
Chen Tao
as Da Lang
Feihu Sun
as Master Lu
Zhong Lu
as Lady Lu
Mian Mian
as Claire
Lv Zhong
as Yong Gang
Fang Zhoubo
as Mr. Liao
Ding Xiaofu
as TV News Anchor
Li Qiang
as Gao Kao Official
Zhang Liqiu
as Butcher's Mother
Andy Gao
as Bartender
Lin Ying
as Lotus
Li Huixia
as Cousin Yan's Mother
Jin Pei
as Landlady
Meng Fan Hua
as Bathhouse Clerk
Qu Rongyi
as Spring Moon (15 years old)
Long Nv
as Snow Flower/Sophia Double
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  • Mar 06, 2013
    On the eve of Sebastian(Archie Kao) and Nina(Bingbing Li) moving to New York for work, Nina receives news that Sophia(Gianna Jun), an old friend she had met as a teenager when she tutored her in Chinese, is in a coma from being hit by a car on her bicycle. Nina is surprised when told that Sophia was trying to call her shortly before her accident since they had not talked in so long. That's nothing compared to discovering the manuscript Sophia had written about a friendship between two girls in rural China in 1829. The well-produced "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" has certain things also going for it in its rare thoughtful exploration of the friendship between two women, coupled with how China has a problematic relationship with its past, with a focus on the barbaric practice of foot binding which here is sort of fetishized. That having been said, the movie would have been much improved concentrating on just one time period, not three, instead making this feel like mainly just the highlights of a pretty good television series, complete with special guest star.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    For Me to review this film isn't fair as its an Asian chick flick, so my rating would be much lower then most females. It is a interesting story about two girls who both modern day and very far back in the past who are morally bound to each other. Lacks the detail of costume that I've grown accustomed to and find enjoyable in Asian Film Making, seem to have a bit of American influence in this one. 3 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2011
    With a name like "Snow Flower And The Secret Fan," I just had to see this movie! I'm very glad I did. I'm surprised 80% of critics didn't like it. I seemed to me like one of those movies the general public wouldn't go crazy for for but the critics would fawn over like a precious gem. It almost always seems like if a movie is really great to the public, the critics won't like it and vice versa unless it's a classic like Toy Story or something. I'm not really surprised only 40% of the viewers liked it because people don't know a good movie when they see one these days. However, I, who pride myself in being a good judge of quality, REALLY liked this one. I can't compare it to the book because I never read it so I'm not partial. It was magical in its color and music and emotion. There were a few times I cringed or gasped and at least two times I was deeply moved by sadness or love. I disagree with anyone who says this movie didn't pull on the heartstrings. I do agree with the people here who said they should have focused more on the story of Snow Flower and Lily and not so much on the parallel narrative. Still, it was a compelling story and beautifully filmed.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2011
    Why do movies have to ruin books? The whole parallel storyline should have been left out. If this film had stayed truer to the book and delved more into the characters of Snow Flower and Lily, I think it would have been much better.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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