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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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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 »
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  (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 Y. Jun ... Sophie (voice)

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
Ji Zhao .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
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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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use
104 min | USA:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
It's no secret., 20 July 2011
Author: John DeSando ( from Columbus, Ohio

Sunflower and the Secret Fan is the poignant tale of two 21st century Asian girls and their matches in the 19th century: Both couples are bound by the dictates of a patriarchal culture that challenges the natural love and devotion they feel for each other. These lady laotongs or "old sames" take an oath to make them faithful sisters forever, the outward show of an enduring, lifelong commitment to their sisterhood.

Director Wayne Wang's challenge is to intercut the centuries and women without confusing the audience, a virtue not always achieved in two hours of traversing between times. His limited success can be attributed to the striking skyline of modern Shanghai, an apt metaphor for the change in the ladies' lives, indeed for change itself.

Just as arresting as the visual images is the stringed music of Rachel Portman, which dictates emotions as strongly as any other score I have heard this year. Some might complain of manipulation; I enjoy the excess as if it were an ancient Chinese fan of innumerable design. BTW, the titular fan was used by the 19th century ladies to make messages to each other in their special language. Wang's considerable success showing devoted friends in Joy Luck Club is evidenced in the ladies here.

The bonding of protagonists is strong on the surface, but because there is so much to do in only 2 hours, we never have sustained conversation among them to verify what we intuit without much dialogue. It would be sweet to linger more with them while they show through dialogue the bond that makes them sacrifice for each other throughout their lives.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in the end turns on love, its many forms and demands and on change, which frequently derails the best intentions of love itself. The ladies here evidence in delicate ways the tumult and reward accompanying a lifelong commitment to another human being. And that's no secret.

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