Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

MOVIE SYNOPSIS
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan


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.
Related reviews:
07/21/2011
Call it Sisterhood of the Traveling Fan. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan takes Lisa See's novel of female friendship set in 19th-century imperial China and intercuts it with a twinned tale of girlfriends in contemporary Shanghai. » Read more
City Paper Grade: C-
07/21/2011
Wayne Wang’s film cuts back and forth between 19th-century girls' stories and those of Sophia and Nina, best friends separated by class, circumstances and betrayals occurring in the present day. » Read more

07/21/2011
Call it Sisterhood of the Traveling Fan. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan takes Lisa See's novel of female friendship set in 19th-century imperial China and intercuts it with a twinned tale of girlfriends in contemporary Shanghai. » Read more
City Paper Grade: C-
07/21/2011
Wayne Wang’s film cuts back and forth between 19th-century girls' stories and those of Sophia and Nina, best friends separated by class, circumstances and betrayals occurring in the present day. » Read more

MPAA rating:
PG-13
for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use
Cast:
Hugh Jackman; Vivian Wu; Archie Kao; Gianna Jun; Angela Evans; Bingbing Li; Wu Jiang
Directed by:
Wayne Wang
Genre:
Drama
Running time:
02:00
Release date:
2011
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