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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

 -  Drama | History  -  24 June 2011 (China)
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A story set in nineteenth-century China and focusing on the life-long friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed on women.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bank CEO
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Nina / Lily
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Sebastian
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Snow Flower / Sophia
Coco Chiang ...
Anna
Hu Qing Yun ...
Mrs. Liao
Shi Ping Cao ...
Mr. Wei
Ruijia Zhang ...
Mrs. Wei
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Aunt
Zhebing Gong ...
Professor
Lilia Zhou ...
Nurse
Congmeng Guo ...
Little Lily
Danping Shen ...
Lily's Mother
Yan Dai ...
Little Snow Flower
Yulan Xu ...
Snow Flower's Mother
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Storyline

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. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use | See all certifications »
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24 June 2011 (China)  »

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Der Seidenfächer  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$134,005 (USA) (15 July 2011)

Gross:

$1,346,503 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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Rupert Murdoch personally asked Fox Searchlight to release this film in North America. See more »

Goofs

The last paragraphs of the unsent letter that Nina found in Sophias apartment, which can be seen when she closes the notebook, don't match Nina's voice-over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bank CEO: People say I'm sending Sebastian and Nina to New york so neither will take my job. Hey, perhaps that's partly true. You know, like these butterflies that surround us this evening, it's a time of transformation, new beginnings.
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it touches the heart
3 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a "Chick Flick" and is best enjoyed by those 8 and older who know what it is to be a friend. This is a story of sisterhood which withstands the test of time itself. The musical score is quite nice and relaxing. It is a good movie to watch in the afternoon, alone or with your BFF. The movie is a bit too long, maybe 20 minutes could have been edited out. Switching back and forth through time is done okay. The movie requires a glass or two of wine and some pizza. Guys, don't bother with this film unless you want to impress your significant other. It is a slow pace film telling a love story between sisters of a sort. You won't easily forget this film overnight like many other films because it touches the heart.


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