Based on Lisa See's best selling novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is being released to DVD and Blu-ray through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on November 1, 2011. Directed by critically acclaimed director Wayne Wang, it tells the poignant tale of eternal friendship.
Here is the synopsis of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan from the press release I received:
Thank you to Think Jam for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl) are brought together in a Laotong friendship—a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort. Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. As sworn sisters, however, the women continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of nushu, hiding their stories and messages within the folds of delicate silk fans.
In present day Shanghai, the Laotong’s descendants Nina (also played by Li) and Sophia (also played by Jun) struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers and complicated love lives. Drawing on lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection or risk losing one another forever. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in the notion of love, hope and friendship.
Special features include: The Sworn Sisterhood of the Secret Fan
Checkout the Snow Flower Story for a visual experience that immerses people in the video, music and photography of the film. Through these pages, written passages from the original novel are brought to life and complimented by imagery and video to create a seamless blend of book and film.
I was given a screening copy of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to watch for this review. I have read the book that the film was based on several years ago, which I loved, and I have been wanted to see how it was adapted to film. I enjoyed the film. I will definitely watching it again. I think the actresses did a great job and the music added to the feel of the movie. Now, I do have to warn you--much of it is in Chinese (not sure on the dialect) but you will be reading the subtitle's during the film but it did not subtract from the film--only enhanced it for me, however I was grateful I watched it after my 4 year old went to bed that way I could concentrate. It is rated PG-13, but there were no major scenes that I would worry about my child seeing. I really enjoyed this film!
To further celebrate the release of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on November 1, 2011, the Think Jam Publicity team has compiled a list of Chinese Proverbs to live by!
- A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
- A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.
- He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
- Deep doubts, deep wisdom, small doubts, little wisdom.
- He who strikes the first blow admits he’s lost the argument.
- Jade must be chiseled before it can be considered a gem.
- To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
- Outside noisy, inside empty.
- A spark can start a fire that burns the entire prairie.
- Behind every able man, there are always other able men.
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