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|A story set in 19th century china and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.|
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - DVD Review
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/1/2011 4:00 AM
|The secret rituals between girls in 19th century China have the makings of an intriguing and dramatic tale. As a matter of fact, it was the basis of the popular 2005 bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Even within a period setting, the story spoke to women around the world. Unfortunately, the inevitable big screen translation muddles matters greatly. Instead of focusing on such foreign ideals as foot binding, "laotong " - or prearranged friendships between female friends, and "nu shu" - a language only shared by young Chinese girls, famed filmmaker Wayne Wang intersperses a contemporary parallel about women in modern Asia. The device may make it easier for contemporary audiences to sympathize with the problematic gender-based plight, but it really messes up an inherently interesting idea....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Wayne Wang - Director|