Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 54 mins

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Authentic and enlightening, this multi-dimensional drama begins in 1903, when Lily is 80 years old. It continues on to tell the story of her life from birth, childhood, marriage, and old age. During her lifetime, Lily lives through the reigns of four emperors of the Qing dynasty: Daoguang (1820–1850); Xianfeng (1850–1861); Tongzhi (1861–1875); and Guangxu (1875–1908). As really narrates, we learn about how she was matched with Snow Flower as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity, at the tender age of seven. 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.
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Cast: Bingbing Li, Russell Wong

Crew: Wayne Wang (Director), Richard Wong (Director of Photography), Rachel Portman (Music Director)

Rating: NC16 (Singapore), 6 (Germany)

Genres: Drama, History

Release Dates: 24 Jun 2011 (India)

English Name: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Did you know? This historical drama is based on the novel of the same name by the author, Lisa See. Read More
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as Nina / Lily
as Bank CEO
as Bartender
as Sebastian
as Da Lang
as Sophie (voice)
as Anna
as Little Lily
as Lily's Mother
as Bathhouse Clerk
as Master Lu
as Mrs. Liao
as Arthur
as Snow Flower / Sophia (as Gianna Jun)
as Cousin Yan's Mother
as Gao Kao Official
as Butcher's Mother
as Nurse
as Claire
as Snow Flower / Sophia Double
as Landlady
as Spring Moon (15 years old)
as Mrs. Wei
as Foot Binder
as Mr. Wei (as Shi Ping Cao)
as Lily's Father
as Aunt
as Butcher
as TV News Anchor
as Little Snow Flower
as Lily / Nina Double
as Yong Gang
as Lotus
as Madame Wang
as Snow Flower's Mother
as Professor
as Lady Lu
as Mr. Liao


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Spoken Languages:
Mandarin, Korean
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Dolby Digital
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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.
This historical drama is based on the novel of the same name by the author, Lisa See.

Rupert Murdoch personally asked Fox Searchlight to release this film in North America.

Zhang Ziyi was originally cast as Nina before dropping out of this movie. Li Bingbing signed on to replace her.