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5.0 out of 5 stars I read the book and still liked the movie..., July 4, 2012
This review is from: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (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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Initial post: Apr 20, 2014, 11:52:00 PM PDT
JNagarya says:
Exactly. It's a beautiful film about a beautiful relationship unique to women -- of which _honest_ men will admit to being jealous. (Or will squirrelly speculate is "lesbian" -- it is not. Oh, how much to yearn for -- but deny the need for -- the caring, the support -- the tenderness!)

I've not read the book. The film is beautiful. And the "two" "stories" are at core the same: the enduring relationship between the laotong "sisters". What a lovely relationship one can either envy -- or suspect and denounce . . .
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