Director: Wayne Wang
Writer: Angela Workman, Lisa See (novel), Michael Ray, Ronald Bass
Cast: Li Bingbing (Nina / Lily), Gianna Jun (Sophia / Snow Flower), Vivian Wu (Aunt), Hugh Jackman (Arthur), Arcie Kao (Sebastian), Wu Jiang (Butcher), Angela Evans (Ballroom guest), Jennifer Lim (Snow Flower [VOICE]), Christina Y. Jun (Sophia [VOICE])
Genres: Drama, History
Released: July 15, 2011 (USA)
Running time: 120 minutes
MPAA: PG-13 — sexuality, violence/disturbing images, drug use
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 a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever.
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• Rupert Murdoch personally asked Fox Searchlight to release this film in North America.
• Hugh Jackman’s character, Arthur, was not in Lisa See’s novel.
Nina: The world is always changing. Every day it’s changing. Everything in life is changing. We have to look inside ourselves to find what stays the same, such as loyalty, our shared history and love for each other. In them, the truth of the past lives on.
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