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Genre Drama
Running Time 120 min
Release Date Jul 15, 2011
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. 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… Show more

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July 22, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’’ is about two women in different Chinese centuries trying to be friends with the fetish part getting in the way. I know what you’re thinking, and all I’m saying is Lisa See wrote a hit novel, and now Wayne Wang has made a film of it. You can ignore that, since the movie more or less does. Both works have the same name, but I suspect that one has See completely baffled. Did she mean for her book about the little-known 19th-century ritual of women bound to each other in a kind of emotional arranged marriage to become something sure to delight lonely, hotel-bound, channel-surfing businessmen?

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