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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.
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Writers (WGA):
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2011 (Australia) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Bounded feet and bounded love. See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Russell Wong ... Bank CEO

Bingbing Li ... Nina / Lily

Archie Kao ... Sebastian

Ji-hyun Jun ... Snow Flower / Sophia (as Gianna Jun)
Coco Chiang ... Anna
Hu Qing Yun ... Mrs. Liao
Shiping Cao ... Mr. Wei (as Shi Ping Cao)
Ruijia Zhang ... Mrs. Wei

Vivian Wu ... 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
Shiming Wang ... Foot Binder
Shouqin Xu ... Lily's Father
Ying Tang ... Madame Wang
Chen Tao ... Da Lang
Feihu Sun ... Master Lu

Zhong Lü ... Lady Lu
Mian Mian ... Claire
Yi-Ching Lu ... Yong Gang
Zhoubo Fang ... Mr. Liao
Xiao Hu Ding ... TV News Anchor
Li Qiang ... Gao Kao Official

Wu Jiang ... Butcher
Li Qiu Zhang ... Butcher's Mother

Hugh Jackman ... Arthur
Andy Gao ... Bartender
Ying Lin ... Lotus
Li Hui Xia ... Cousin Yan's Mother
Pei Jin ... Landlady
Fan Hua Meng ... Bathhouse Clerk
Rongyi Qu ... Spring Moon (15 years old)
Yancen Zhou ... Lily / Nina Double
Nv Long ... Snow Flower / Sophia Double
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christina Yr. Jun ... Sophie (voice) (as Christina Y. Jun)

Directed by
Wayne Wang 
Writing credits
Angela Workman (screenplay) and
Ronald Bass (screenplay) (as Ron Bass) and
Michael Ray (screenplay) (as Michael K. Ray)

Lisa See (novel)

Produced by
Jessinta Liu .... co-producer
Andrew Loo .... co-producer
Wendi Murdoch .... producer
Ted Perkins .... associate producer
Craig Shilowich .... line producer: New York
Hugo Shong .... executive producer
Florence Sloan .... producer
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
Cinematography by
Richard Wong 
Film Editing by
Deirdre Slevin 
Production Design by
Lim Chung Man 
Art Direction by
Molly Page 
Makeup Department
Rondi Scott .... makeup artist: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Loo .... second unit director
Fei Wong .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor (sound designer)
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Cate Montana .... supervising adr editor
Chris Quilty .... production sound mixer
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Ryan .... foley/adr mixer
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... apprentice sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joseph DiValerio .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
James Daly .... assistant camera
Matthew Jacobs .... key grip: New York
Louis Jong .... key grip
Peter Milmoe .... best boy electric: New York
Ryan Minelli .... gaffer: New York
G.T. Womack .... first assistant camera: New York
Editorial Department
Erin Crackel .... associate editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
Adam Fox Forrest .... promo editor
Matt Garner .... post-production consultant
Joe Gawler .... additional colorist
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Ji Zhao .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: piano
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Yann McCullough .... music editor
Jeremy Murphy .... protools engineer
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
Jehan Stefan .... assistant to orchestrator
Karen Westropp .... assistant to composer
Youki Yamamoto .... composer: song
Youki Yamamoto .... music associate
Other crew
Yi Song 'Scarlet' Chen .... script supervisor
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
David Magdael .... publicist
Bill Wang .... production accountant

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use
104 min | USA:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:6 (f) | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46577)

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Rupert Murdoch personally asked Fox Searchlight to release this film in North America.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Bounded feet and bounded love., 16 December 2011
Author: David Traversa from Argentina

I finished reading all the previous reviews to have a clear idea about what other people saw in this movie, and I must say that all that emphasis about the film being too different from the book doesn't show a great understanding of the cinematic technique. A movie is not a book. The visual, with long shots and close ups, the dialogue and the music, even the noises, take over all the written pages to express a single gesture, the full description of a landscape, or the design of a dress. A single close up can give us the essence of a full chapter.

This movie is sheer poetry.

Forget about the original book that helped to create this jewel of a movie, just watch this film, allow your senses to be absorbed by the two parallel stories --the contemporary and the historical-- and just absorb all that beauty offered to you in the story-line, the exquisite photography, the delicacy of sentiments expressed by these women (it is a terrible film for men's egos, because we come a very poor second compared with those women, overpowered by men's brutality and yet transcending the horrible handicaps imposed on them, like the tiding of their feet from early age, to convert them into defenseless crippled creatures, totally depending on men, and their virtual slaves for life).

The image of those bounded stomps, deformed to the point of becoming unrecognizable as human feet symbolizes too the humiliation some ultraconservative elements of society try to impose over minorities as if to say: "There, you'll go thru life bounded and suffering, freedom to be yourself will be denied to you because I want it so".

The total love among these "Sisters for life" was infinitely superior to the love these women could have had for their husbands. We see that in both cases --the historic and the contemporary-- and in both cases it lasted, strong, to the last consequences.

Contrary to other viewers, I didn't have the slightest problem in following the development of the two parallel stories, since it was done in a very natural, simple and honest way; both stories superbly intertwined to perfection till the final resolution.

¿A masterpiece? yes, I think so.

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