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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (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
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)

Did You Know?

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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Almost no emotional attachment, 21 March 2013
Author: KineticSeoul from United States

This is one of those bond between two characters movie done in a very generic manner to the point it just gets really boring easily. It tries to get that emotional pull from the audience but I just couldn't get into this one. The development and scenarios are just poorly done, maybe the novel this movie is based on is better or something. Cause this one felt like a cardboard box that just seemed to be trying too hard for something it just isn't when it comes to the overall experience. The story is about the bond between two sisters by match making that transcends time. The thing is the development is poorly done to the point I just couldn't get emotionally attached to the two main characters in this. It shows the outer bond and struggles but it seemed to only show the surface and nothing much underneath it all. Between the two sisters Bingbing Li's character Nina seemed like the main one and then comes Gianna Jun who's name is on the title of this movie. Her name is Snow Flower in this but she doesn't have much dialogue or show much range in her acting skills. Hugh Jackman is in this as well and he basically just makes few cameo appearance and seemed like he just was in this flick as a favor.


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