Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

I just finished reading Lisa See's novel and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in 19th century China! I'm a bit worried that the film adaptation veers too much from the novel from tidbits that I've read. I'm puzzled by Hugh Jackman being cast since there aren't any Caucasian characters mentioned.


"A language kept a secret for a thousand years forms the backdrop for an unforgettable novel of two Chinese women whose friendship and love sustains them through their lives. This absorbing novel – with a storyline unlike anything Lisa See has written before – takes place in 19th century China when girls had their feet bound, then spent the rest of their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see..." 

Directed by Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club)
Screenplay by Angela Workman
-> IMDb
Vivian Wu
Gianna Jun
Bingbing Li
Archie Kao
Hugh Jackman



 Lisa See's Peony in Love is also being adapted for film.

3 comments:

  1. Since it's produced by Fox, I think it's alright. There would be at least one Caucasian face. Besides, it's an international collaboration. I mean, we could say that Jun Ji-Hyun shouldn't be here as well because the characters are Chinese. So, if she, a Korean can play a Chinese, the role can be adapted for Hugh Jackman.

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  2. I waited for this film to be released in my local theater this August and it never did make it!

    I anxiously await the DVD. This was a favorite Asian novel of mine and thought it would be something great to see on the big screen.

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  3. @Lisa A.
    I'm waiting too. There's a local theatre that plays independent films and it hasn't arrived yet. I'm still hopeful that the film will have wider distribution!

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