Rated PG-13 · 103 minutes · 2011

Drama, Historical drama
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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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/snowflowerandthesecretfan
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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The Coast Halifax Kitschy Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Chinese historical drama stilted, stiff and unintentionally funny by Molly Segal 08/04/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector When man-imals go bad, a friendship that lasts, hilarious Michael Caine impressions and a 21st century Freaky Friday plus see Chronicles of Narnia, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Singin' in the Rain outdoors. It's all at the movies. 08/05/2011
Charleston City Paper Snow Flower and the Secret Fan explores past and present Emotionally overwrought and fleetingly campy, any revelation Snow Flower has into the strange rituals of 19th-century China tends to pale next to its excessive lily gilding. by Felicia Feaster 08/03/2011
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