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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Angela Workman (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
2011 (Australia) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Laotung and Nu shu: Two of the pleasures of a lovely story See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Russell Wong ... Bank CEO

Bingbing Li ... Nina / Lily

Archie Kao ... Sebastian

Gianna Jun ... Snow Flower / Sophia
Coco Chiang ... Anna
Hu Qing Yun ... Mrs. Liao
Shi Ping Cao ... Mr. Wei
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 Y. Jun ... Sophie (voice)
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Directed by
Wayne Wang 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
Ji Zhao .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use
Runtime:
104 min | USA:120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:6 (f) | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46577)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rupert Murdoch personally asked Fox Searchlight to release this film in North America.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Laotung and Nu shu: Two of the pleasures of a lovely story, 20 November 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN is the cinematic adaptation of Lisa See's popular novel by writers Angela Workman, Ron Bass and Michael K. Ray and director Wayne Wang. The film unveils parallel stories between 19th century China and present day Shanghai - the tales of two women joined by laotong - a binding vow and contract to be eternal friends and share each others lives - communicating with a secret women's language called nu shu, carefully inked characters placed on the folds between the spines of a silken fan. By using the same actresses to play the parts of the girls two centuries apart adds a mysterious beauty to the films alluring flavor.

In 1826 Lily and Snow Flower become laotung and though they are from opposite ends of the social stratum they become devoted friends, undergoing the ritual of having their feet broken and bound to remain very small as adults - apparently a desired attribute for physical attraction as a potential bride. The poor girl is chosen for marriage by a wealthy family and the rich girl is promised to a butcher, an extreme reversal of roles in society and it is the manner in which each adapts and aids the other that demonstrates the depth of the bond of laotong. Concurrently in the film we meet Nina and Sophie in contemporary Shanghai: Nina has gained education and stature and is due to move to New York as part of an important business. Sophie is in an accident and only slowly do we realize that Sophie had the promise of moving to Australia to marry an Aussie singer (Hugh Jackman), more because she is pregnant than for love. Because of the laotung between Nina and Sophie the two make sacrifices that overcome all else to prove their loyalty. There are many parallels in the two stories that show a bond between the two sets of girls and to capture this bond securely the two girls form centuries apart are played by the same actresses: Lily/Nina become the roles of Bing Bing Li and Snow Flower/Sophie are portrayed by Gianna Jun. The supporting cast is carefully chosen and uniformly fine.

The sets and costumes and music enhance this film significantly. It is not a great epic of a movie, but it has a tender and touching story that is very well told by everyone involved.

Grady Harp

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