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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

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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.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Angela Workman (screenplay), Ronald Bass (screenplay) (as Ron Bass) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hu Qing Yun ... Mrs. Liao (as Jingyun Hu)
Shiping Cao Shiping Cao ... Mr. Wei (as Shi Ping Cao)
Ruijia Zhang Ruijia Zhang ... Mrs. Wei
Vivian Wu ... Aunt
Zhebing Gong Zhebing Gong ... Professor
Lilia Zhou Lilia Zhou ... Nurse
Congmeng Guo Congmeng Guo ... Little Lily
Danping Shen ... Lily's Mother
Yan Dai Yan Dai ... Little Snow Flower
Yulan Xu 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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Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence/disturbing images and drug use | See all certifications »
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Filmed in 53 days. 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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Film Review - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) 5.8/10
1 July 2020 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

"In both cases, it is Sophia/Snow Flower who sensitively detects the gaping divergence in reality between her and Nina/Lily, and goes out of her way to sacrifice their friendship so that the latter can embrace her brighter future without a burden like her ungainly suffixed. While such action is somewhat irrational and overtly self-punishing on her side, one might detect Sophia/Snow Flower has a masochistic streak that often masks as fortitude (Snow Flower claims that in spite of the domestic violence, she still loves her hubby), that would have made her a more resounding and complex character had the South Korean megastar Jun been able to get out of the listless state perpetually shrouds her."

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Official Sites:

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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,005, 17 July 2011

Gross USA:

$1,348,205

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,348,205
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IDG China Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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