Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Rated PG-13 103 minutes 2011

About the time you might find yourself getting invested in the story of 19th-century Chinese friends Snow Flower (Gianna Jun) and Lily (Li Bingbing), director Wayne Wang shifts the action to the here and now, and an ineffective comparative subplot involving Sophia and Nina (played by the same actresses, respectively). Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is, in theory, an adaptation of Lisa See’s novel about the first pair of friends. The film doesn’t need the sweeping modern touches, especially since they dilute whatever impact the original story might have had. Worse, because the actresses are speaking English throughout much of the modern story, their performances suffer. This is an extremely insecure adaptation that could have been so much better.

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Director: Wayne Wang

Producer: Wendi Murdoch, Florence Sloan, Hugo Shong and Ron Bass

Cast: Gianna Jun, Li Bingbing, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong, Coco Chiang, Hu Jingyun, Archie Kao, Hugh Jackman, Guo Congmeng and Dai Yan


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