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  • Actors: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Russell Wong, Archie Kao
  • Directors: Wayne Wang
  • Writers: Angela Workman, Lisa See, Michael Ray, Ronald Bass
  • Producers: Andrew Loo, Craig Shilowich, Florence Sloan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KG4DWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The Sworn Sisterhood of the Secret Fan
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Editorial Reviews

From the director of The Joy Luck Club, and based on the best-selling novel, comes a timeless portrait of female friendship. Centuries ago, two “sworn sisters” are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life’s complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.

Customer Reviews

I watched the movie after I read the book.
Ariel R. Carriles
If you haven't read the book you should watch it, if you have read the book you should skip the movie and read it again.
Tildy
The modern story line and its characters did not exist in the book and failed miserably.
Michelle D.

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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
Format: DVD
Let me begin by saying I have not read Lisa See's book upon which this film is based, hence I'm not in the category of other reviewers who disliked this movie primarily because of its deviation from the novel. Translating a work of art from one medium to another is a difficult task at the very least and it comes as no surprise to discover that a person who loves something in one medium is seldom pleased with its appearance in another. Personally I think a film should be judged solely on its own merits, like it or dislike it for what it is, not for what you thought or hoped it would be.

Having said that I would like to convey how much I loved this film. Director Wayne Wang instilled `Snow Flower and the Secret Fan' with the same depth of emotion and sensitivity that made his `Joy Luck Club' such a moving and memorable viewing experience.

The storyline moves neatly back and forth between two sets of Chinese women living in different times (Lily and Snow Flower in 1829 China, Nina and Sophia in present day Shanghai). Though time and place differ, the shared cultural and spiritual bonds formed by their mutual `vows of sisterhood' are identical and timeless. Bingbing Li plays the parts of both Lily and Nina and Gianna Jun the dual roles of Snow Flower and Sophia. Both story lines are engaging but clearly the Snow Flower and Lily tale is the more important of the two. Nevertheless the present day friendship between Nina and Sophia is essential to the intent of the film, providing not only context to the earlier friendship but a cultural bridge between past, present and future. In other words, while everything around us is constantly changing what's really important in life remains the same.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Having read and loved Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle), I was looking forward to watching the movie adaptation. I missed the theatrical run, and so waited patiently for it come out on DVD. Unfortunately, this is a terrible adaptation of a heartbreakingly beautiful work, taking too many artistic liberties, and butchering the story in such a manner as to render it incomprehensible to those who read and loved the book. If you watch this movie without having read the book, then it might appeal on some level, but to those who savored the detailed descriptions of traditions in 19th century China, and the close bond between the two central characters, i.e. Snow Flower and Lily, this movie seems such an aberration and I truly felt let down.

The movie takes a different approach than the novel in that it has two parallel story lines - one set in the present featuring two young women who are kindred spirits, but whose friendship is eventually strained by conflicting ideas regarding relationships, lifestyle, etc. On the same day that she receives news that she has a job opportunity in New York, Nina (Li BingBing) receives news that her estranged best friend, Sophia (Gianna Jun) has been in an accident and is in hospital. As Nina goes through Sophia's things at the hospital, she comes across a manuscript, parts of a story of two women in 19th century China, whose friendship mirror Nina and Sophia's own close bond.

The trouble is that this parallel storyline does not work - by dividing the story up into two disparate timelines, not much time is spent in developing the central characters.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Houck on July 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Whoa, I'm a little suprised at all the hate for the movie here. This was one of the first times in a long time that I just watched a movie without looking up reviews first, a good choice I see now.

I read and completely loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, so I went into this movie with some expectations. Knowing this is a movie, however, I was ready for the artistic license. I was a little confused by the modern setting, but hey, let's get past the first 10 minutes before I start judging.

I actually liked that they paralleled the two stories of the women, modern and past. I suppose if you hadn't read the book the film would seem jumpy, so I see this as a visual supplement to the book in some ways. I can see where others may get confused with the relationship between Snow Flower and Lily (friends? Lovers?) but this is from a different era. They didn't enter the relationship that way and it is not described that way at all. They were each others comfort and in so many ways soul mates, but they were not sexual...

Anywho, read the book, enjoy it. Watch the movie...realize it is NOT the book verbatim, enjoy it too. It's not a travesty of an adaptation, it's an interesting, tear jerking, new take on a wonderful story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LH on June 27, 2012
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Let me start by saying that I haven't read the book, and no, it's still not a good movie. I am from China, and I happened to have received a university grant to study Nu Shu in Hunan Province over ten years ago with one of my best friends at the time - it was sort of our "laotong" experience, though we have since grown apart but that's another story. Just like "Joy Luck Club," this movie is made for non-Chinese viewers and has little to no authenticity and the characters were based so much on stereotypes. When I studied Nu Shu at the time, there was only one and a half people alive that could write Nu Shu - one woman and a male scholar who counted as a half person because Nu Shu was invented by and for women. So there is NO WAY that in modern days two high school girls could be writing notes back and forth in Nu Shu in Shanghai! And what is that aunt person who supposedly knew so much about Nu Shu and had the girls formalize a contract??? No, average people in modern Shanghai don't know anything about Nu Shu or laotong - it's something that is much more well-known outside China unfortunately.

Also, a note to the creators of the movie - CHINESE PEOPLE DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH TO EACH OTHER! Yes, Li Bingbing, who played one of the main leads, spoke English in that Jet Li and Jackie Chan movie "The Forbidden Kingdom", but that movie was at least set in America to begin with and has an American lead, so it's kind of understandable. But honestly I was thinking "WTF?" when the nurse called to tell about the accident in English. China is not India - we weren't colonized so that English became the official language. Some authenticity of Chinese people speaking Chinese would be nice!

And what drab dialogues!
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