Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | 2011

Drama, Adaptation
Centuries ago in China, two "sworn sisters" are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan.

Cast

... Snow Flower/Sophia

Actor

... Arthur

Actor

... Nina/Lily

Actor

... Aunt

Actor

... Sebastian

Actor

... Butcher

Actor

... Bank CEO

Actor

... Mrs. Liao

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Actor

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Actor

Company

Big Feet

Production Company

IDG China Creative Media

Production Company

Synopsis

In 19th century China, when women had their feet bound, they spent their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu - "women's writing" - the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as "old-sames" in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. An old woman tells of her relationship with her "old-same," their arranged marriages, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood-until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart.

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